PITTSFIELD


Mayor Daniel L. Bianchi's nominations for the next director of administrative services and for a reactivated Human Rights Commission will go before the City Council tonight. -

Bianchi also is resubmitting a school bus purchase request to borrow $2.7 million for 43 new city school buses. The plan was rejected by one vote during an April 8 council meeting.

Julia B. Sabourin, of Holmes Road, is the mayor's choice to succeed Mary McGinnis in the top administrative post. McGinnis is leaving in May to return to Berkshire Health Systems, where she had been employed in nursing-related capacities for 35 years before taking a year-long leave of absence to work at City Hall.

Since 2009, Sabourin has been an English Language Arts teacher at Reid Middle School. She also has served since 2011 as a team leader of seventh-grade teachers and other staff members to improve instruction and oversee the use of testing data in teaching, and providing professional development and classroom support.

Sabourin has experience as a grant writer and grant program administrator at Reid. This includes a three-year 21st Century Grant award totaling $501,000 for educationally based programming for at-risk middle school students.

According to her resume, Sabourin received a bachelor's degree in political science in 2008 from Boston College and later a master's degree in elementary curriculum and instruction.


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Nominated for the nine-member Human Rights Commission, which has been inactive since the late 1990s, are seven persons chosen by the mayor, one is the council president or a designee and there is a school system designee.

Bianchi has submitted the names of Cecelia Rock, Louis Perez, the Rev. Alfred Johnson, Susan T. O'Leary, Dr. Len Kates, Robert Sykes, and Pam Malumphy.

Council President Melissa Mazzeo is nominating Councilor at large Churchill Cotton to the rights commission, and School Committee member Josh Cutler was selected by Harry Hayes, the human resources director for the school system.

Created in the early 1990s, the Rights Commission has authority to investigate claims of discrimination, mediate disputes or refer parties to state or federal agencies. It also can issue reports and recommendations to the mayor following an investigation.

In an unresolved dispute, the commission may "hold hearings, subpoena witnesses, compel their attendance, administer oaths, take the testimony of any person under oath"


and require the production of evidence to any matter under investigation by the commission.

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