Adams-Cheshire interim Superintendent Robert Putnam reaching out for community input


ADAMS>> Adams-Cheshire Regional School District interim Superintendent Robert Putnam told selectmen that he hopes to engage with town leaders and citizens of the district's communities as he moves forward with his new post.

Putnam spoke to selectmen during a July 20 selectmen's meeting. He was hired as interim superintendent in May. Putnam has a one-year contract and will be paid about $125K, said Adams-Cheshire Regional School District School Committee Chairman Paul Butler.

Putnam spent the last school year as a Monument Mountain Middle School music teacher and grained 14 years experience before that as an administrator at the Central Berkshire Regional School District.

"I will be speaking to a broad range," Putnam said, noting that in addition to elected leaders and law enforcement agents, he envisions speaking with community members. "The more information I have, the better decisions I can make."

Those talking with him will be asked five questions, he said.

The questions are:

• What are the district's strengths?

• What are one or two key issues confronting the district?

• What services or programs must be maintained at all costs,

• What scholastic arenas require the most attention? and

• What observations or suggestions would the individual like to add to the conversation?

Putnam said he is willing to meet with selectmen as individuals or as a group.

Selectmen's Chairman Jeffrey Snoonian suggested that Putnam attend a workshop session, which usually occur on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month.

Selectman John Duval suggested the Putnam attend two regularly scheduled meetings during the school year. Putnam said that he thought attending a meeting at the beginning of a new school year and again when budgets were being discussed would be most beneficial.

"I've done this in the past, particularly with the finance meetings," he said. "Let's have a nice open relationship."


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