Thursday June 28, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- The School Committee has hired a new leadership team for Pittsfield Public Schools in the coming school year.

By separate 6-0 votes, the seven-member panel Wednesday night ratified contracts for Gordon L. Noseworthy and N. Tracy Crowe, the interim school superintendent and new deputy school superintendent, respectively. The seventh committee member, Mayor Daniel L. Bianchi, was attending a meeting in Worcester and did not vote.

Noseworthy temporarily replaces Howard "Jake" Eberwein III until the school board can find a permanent successor within the next 12 months. In January, Eberwein tendered his resignation effective June 30.

Noseworthy's one-year deal will earn him $131,250, compared to the $125,000 annual salary for Eberwein, who refused to accept a pay raise in each of his four years as superintendent.

Crowe takes over for Barbara Malkas as the school district's second in command. Malkas is taking the school superintendent job in Webster on July 1. Crowe received a three-year contract with an annual salary of $120,000 -- $19,000 more than what Malkas earned.

Both veteran educators told the committee that the transition has already begun in anticipation of being hired.

"I've already had some great meetings with the current staff," Crowe said. "I'm excited and can't wait to get started.


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Crowe is wrapping up her stay in Marblehead as a math coordinator and assistant high school principal.

Noseworthy added, "We are going to do our best and be listening the next few weeks to get on board with the school district's initiatives."

Eberwein vowed to be a phone call away to help the incoming school administrators adjust to their new roles.

Noseworthy returns to Pittsfield, having been an assistant principal at Taconic High School, during the 1969-70 school year. The Canada native then embarked on a 35-year career as a school administrator in five other Massa chusetts schools districts.

He retired in 2005, but was hired as an interim superintendent in North Brookfield for the 2010-11 school year.

Eberwein and Malkas have been the city's top two educators since 2008, during which time student MCAS scores and high school graduation rates have been on the rise, the dropout rate on the decline and educational programs enhanced.

The committee lauded and thanked Eberwein and Malkas for leading the way in improving the city's school system.

"They really moved the district forward," said Kathleen A. Amuso. "They are true leaders."

"You're top-notch professionals and wonderful people," added James B. Conant.

Eberwein deflected the praising citing the achievements in the Pittsfield Public Schools has been a community effort.

"Any success I've had is shared with everyone who works in the district," he said. "Pittsfield is squarely focused on making their children a priority."

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