CHESHIRE, Mass. — New Superintendent of Schools Aaron Dean reported that the new school year is off to a good start.
Dean told the School Committee on Monday that despite the change in leadership this summer, the school year has commenced with few hiccups.
"There are a lot of positives to start the year," Dean said. "Given the situation, we had over the summer the leadership team and the principals really took control and made sure we were ready."
He listed some of the new programming that has been implemented this year and said there is most definitely a upbeat environment in all of the buildings.
"Each school had some really good things to highlight," Dean said. "I have been in every building and there has been a very positive atmosphere."
There have been some technology changes but he told the committee that the technology director shared with Central Berkshire Regional School District can no longer be utilized because of restructuring within the Central Berkshire district.
He said they will have to look at some kind of new hire especially with all the new systems in place in the district. Who is hired and at what capacity will have to be hashed out by the technology subcommittee.
"This is one position we have to sure up pretty quickly," Dean said.
Business Manager Erika Snyder said it would be ideal to have a full-time technology person, however, she did not think the district had the capacity to hire someone at the rate of a director.
Dean said, as a new superintendent, he has been assigned a coach in the Superintendents Induction Program and will soon provide the School Committee with his entry plan.
"I do have a pretty solid idea of what I am going to be working on," he said. "It has been great getting to the schools and seeing what is going well and what we have to work on."
Last month, the School Committee unanimously voted to hire Dean to replace former superintendent John Vosburgh, who left after one year. The former Taconic High principal is now assistant principal of teaching and learning at Nessacus Regional Middle School in the Central Berkshire district.
Also, Dean said he plans to name a new Hoosac Valley Elementary School principal at the end of the week after a final round of interviews.
"I am excited," he said. "The committee gave me three great candidates."
Current Principal Michele Colvin plans to leave her post this month.
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CHESHIRE, Mass. — New Highway Superintendent Bob Navin wants the town to take better care of its dirt roads.
He has asked the board to propose at town meeting buying a grader as opposed to continuing to rent one as they currently do. He has other ideas as well.
"The procedures here weren't to do them how I would do a dirt road," Navin said. "They don't rake them all the time because they didn't have a rake that worked all that great. After grading it needs to be raked out well ... compacted by a roller ... putting a dust control agent on it. That's the direction I want to head in with our gravel roads. A road done right will last a lot longer."
As for the grader purchase, that will be taken up by the town at next Tuesday's special town meeting. Town Administrator Edmund St. John IV prepared numbers for the board that weren't shared publicly but most members agreed that buying might be the best option.