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School Committee Endorses 2-School Plan
Tammy Daniels,
10:19PM / Tuesday, September 06, 2011

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The School Committee endorsed on Tuesday night the recommendation of the school building committee to pursue a two-school option.

The board reiterated some of the points made during the building committee's session last month in updating School Committee member William G. Schrade Jr., who had not been able to attend.

The school building committee unanimously voted to present the Massachusetts School Building Authority with a $52 million plan to build a new Greylock Elementary School and to renovate vacant Conte Middle School into an elementary school.

Parents of children at Sullivan School, which would be vacated, had expressed doubts about the safety

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School Building Committee Sets Meeting
Staff Reports,
01:23PM / Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Agenda
      
I.   Call to order

II.  Reading and Approval of Records

a.   Minutes of 27 July 2011

III. Project Status Overview


IV.  Project Scope – 620 vs. 310 student school/s solutions


V.   School building options:  Greylock, Sullivan and /or Conte

a.   Building Committee vote on size of project and choice of school building/s


VI.  Schedule – MSBA Feasibility Study Extension Timeline

a.   Building Committee vote on

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Committee Debates School Project Direction
Tammy Daniels,
03:45PM / Thursday, July 28, 2011

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — School officials and the School Building Committee are hashing out an educational strategy that will be financially and politically palatable to voters.

The easiest and cheapest solution is to build or renovate one school; the more difficult, convincing skeptical taxpayers on the need to pass a debt-exclusion override to build or renovate two schools. More than a few at the meeting thought that would be an uphill battle after the recent defeat of a Proposition 2 1/2 override that would have prevented school budget cuts.

School Building Committee member Nancy Ziter, the city's business manager,

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'Plan B' School Budget Reduced By $250K
Tammy Daniels,
05:43PM / Wednesday, July 13, 2011

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The School Committee on Wednesday approved a pared-down fiscal 2012 budget that includes another $250,000 added to nearly a quarter million in cuts and the loss of a director of curriculum.

Superintendent of Schools James Montepare presented a budget of $15.29, nearly a half-million below last year's budget, at the noontime meeting.

The most recent cuts are on top of $233,000 in reductions in the budget approved by the City Council on on June 14, a give-back of a 1 percent salary raise by the teachers and the use of $360,000 in school-choice funds to ensure

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Drury Band Marching in National July 4 Parade
Community Submission,
03:12PM / Friday, June 24, 2011

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Drury High School band, under the direction of Christopher Caproni, has been invited to perform in the National Independence Day Parade in Washington, D.C., on July 4. 

The band has been rehearsing for many long hours both during and after school to prepare for this honor, said Caproni in a press release. "The process started over a year ago when Senator John Kerry recommended the Drury Band for this national event."
 
Applications to the parade were sent in with a video of the band marching in the Fall Foliage Parade in 2009 and it was accepted in October 2010. The students and the Drury Band Parents Organization have been

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