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The School Committee gets an update on the beginning of the school year.

Adams-Cheshire District Reports Successful Start of School Year

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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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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Explorers Guide to the Berkshires: 'Berkshire Destinations'

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff

Raven Rock in Adams is a remote and challenging destination to reach.
CHESHIRE, Mass. — Local authors Jan and Christy Butler penned "Berkshire Destinations," an explorers guide to waterfalls, boulders, vistas and points of interest of the Berkshire Hills and Western Massachusetts.
"Berkshire Destinations" is the Butlers' fourth book and the "unconventional explorer's guide" includes 159 chapters that will guide readers to known and obscure waterfalls, glacial erratics, vistas, gardens, cultural institutions, and historical landmarks found in the Western Massachusetts foothills.
"Having a hiking guide to vistas, boulders and waterfalls is all well and good, so long as the weather is cooperating," Christy said. "So diversifying does provide a change of pace for rainy days or after completion some alternatives for those who want a change of pace."
Christy said he first planned to write a book only about New England statues but after receiving some feedback from friends and readers, he decided to keep his focus in Berkshire County and Western Massachusetts.
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