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 Selectmen Trying to Set Consistent Hiring Process
By Jeff SnoonianiBerkshires Correspondent
CHESHIRE, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen started to nail down the town's municipal hiring process at Tuesday's meeting.
There had been a slight delay in the process as Chairman Robert Ciskowski had missed the previous two meetings and the board wanted to wait for his input.
The town was hit with an Open Meeting Law complaint in its hiring process of new Highway Department Superintendent Bob Navin and was threatened with another in the recent hiring of another Highway Department employee. The second complaint was never made as the interview process was deemed acceptable legally but the board felt the process lacked clarity and communication between themselves and Town Administrator Edmund St. John IV.
Ciskowski was clear about what he felt was within St. John's purview.
When the Cheshire Elementary School was closed two years ago, the only silver lining to be found was the potential revenue source it might provide to the town through leasing the space privately.
The Board of Selectmen are still working hard to figure out a formula that works. click for more