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Clarksburg School Committee Fills Vacancy
By Brian Rhodes, iBerkshires Staff
05:08AM / Monday, December 05, 2022
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CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The School Committee has appointed Mary Giron to its vacant seat.

Giron will become the third member on the board, replacing former member Eric Denette who stepped down recently after moving out of Clarksburg. Denette had declined to run for a second term last spring but accepted after winning through write-in votes. 

North Berkshire School Union Superintendent John Franzoni discussed the vacancy with the two remaining committee members, Chair Laura Wood and Cynthia Brule, at its meeting on Thursday.

"Mary is obviously very dedicated to the town and the school. She should be a great voice on the school committee," he said. 

Giron recently retired after years as the administrative assistant at the school. Franzoni said she was the only applicant for the vacancy.

"We had multiple inquiries and we're very happy that Mary followed through and applied," Franzoni said. "If you approve Mary as a new School Committee member, she can come here Monday morning, get sworn in, and be participating starting in January.

In other business, Kimberly Rougeau, filling in at the meeting for Principal Sandra Cote, updated the committee on the first quarter of the school year. She highlighted a Girls on the Run bake sale, in which they raised money for Berkshire Humane Society.

"You haven't seen a bake sale in years, so it's nice to see. They raised $391 for Berkshire Humane Society and made a lot of people happy," she said. "All the teachers were eating it for lunch, dinner, snack, so that was nice."

Rougeau also mentioned the holiday concert scheduled for Dec 20, which families and others will be able to attend online.

The committee also discussed updating the policy for town residents to use the gymnasium, cafeteria, or any other area of the school building and property. The conversation involved planning around multiple events, how people using the facility would access it, as well as cleanup and other use policies.

"I know there's been inquiries about using the school again, which is great news," Franzoni said.

Franzoni said he would do some further research on the issue.

"I can do a survey and see, beyond North Adams, what other communities do," he said. "... We should look into that a little more. Maybe start allowing it under the old way but have some more discussion about what we actually want to have in that policy."

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