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New Adams-Cheshire Superintendent to Start Next Week

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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A lightly attended School Committee meeting approved a three-year contract with new Superintendent Aaron Dean.
CHESHIRE, Mass. — The Adams-Cheshire Regional School Committee has approved new Superintendent Aaron Dean's contract.
 
Dean will start Tuesday on the first day of school for the 2019-20 school year. His salary will be $127,500.
 
After a brief executive session Thursday, the School Committee reconvened to unanimously approve the three-year contract.    
 
"Alright, we have a superintendent," Chairman Adam Emerson said.
 
The former principal of Pittsfield's Crosby Elementary School was one of two candidates interviewed earlier this month to replace Superintendent John Vosburgh, who resigned from the position in July after a year on the job.
 
The School Committee unanimously chose Dean over Beth Choquette, principal of Northampton's Bridge Street School, the other finalist.
 
Dean had taught in the school district for more than a decade before being hired by the Pittsfield Public Schools.  All the members of the School Committee echoed the sentiment Dean's specific experience and connection to the district that he taught tipped each their vote in his favor.
 
He will be the district's fifth superintendent in seven years. 
 
The committee also voted to retain the services of interim Superintendent Al Skrocki as a consultant.
 
Skrocki will stay on through October and work on a per diem basis. He had retired from the school district as superintendent in October 2012, following a 38-year career at Adams-Cheshire. Since then, he has worked as an interim administrator in several local districts.

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