North Adams schools Superintendent James Montpare to announce retirement

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NORTH ADAMS — North Adams Public Schools Superintendent James Montepare will announce his upcoming retirement at a School Committee meeting on Tuesday.

Montepare, who has served as the district's superintendent since his appointment in 2003, has been employed in the district for more than four decades.

The timeline of his retirement was not immediately clear on Monday, and Montepare declined to speak with the media until after the School Committee's meeting.

The committee is expected to begin to discuss the process of searching for his replacement, according to an agenda released prior to the meeting.

A representative for the Massachusetts School Committee Association will be on hand to guide the committee through the process of searching for the district's next superintendent, the agenda indicates.

Before his full-time appointment in December 2003, Montepare served as assistant superintendent under former Superintendent Joseph Rogge.

Montepare was initially appointed to the superintendent position for an 18-month stretch that coincided with a review period of the district by the state Board of Education.

More recently, Montepare oversaw the renovation of the former Silvio O. Conte Middle School into the new Colegrove Park Elementary School, which opened its doors this week.

Contact Adam Shanks at 413-496-6376.


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