12 applicants vie to be next Adams-Cheshire Regional School District superintendent

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CHESHIRE — The search for a new Adams-Cheshire Regional School District superintendent will kick into high gear next week when a subcommittee begins its review of the 12 applicants for the job.

Search Committee Chairwoman Regina Hill says her panel is individually poring over the candidates' resumes before an initial meeting Monday to further discuss whom to select for the first round of interviews. The subcommittee will eventually pick three finalists for public interviews before the full School Committee.

The candidates are vying to succeed John Vosburgh, who will be leaving at the end of the month. Former Superintendent Al Skrocki has been appointed to serve on an interim basis until a permanent replacement is found.

The goal is to have a new superintendent at the helm by September, according to School Committee Chairman Adam Emerson.

"The sooner, the better, but we don't want to rush the process," Emerson said.

After a year as superintendent, Vosburgh suddenly announced in early June he was leaving for personal reasons and a new job that allows him to balance career with his home life. He currently earns $127,500 as superintendent.

The former principal at Taconic High School in Pittsfield has taken a post as the assistant principal for teaching and learning in Nessacus Middle School in Dalton, part of the Central Berkshire Regional School District.

Vosburgh is staying on until July 31 to help the district get ready for the 2019-20 school year.

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Adams-Cheshire, soon to be officially renamed the Hoosac Valley Regional School District pending the state's signing off, is hunting for a new leader for the third time in three years. Vosburgh was hired in April 2018 to succeed Robert Putnam, who retired. And Putnam had been brought on to replace Kristen Gordon, who resigned effective July 1, 2016.

Gordon was Skrocki's successor when he retired in October 2012, following a 38-year career with the district.

The retirement lasted less than a year.

In July 2013, Lee Public Schools hired Skrocki as interim superintendent — a post that lasted four years — as it considered a possible shared superintendency with a neighboring district. Ultimately, it opted to hire Howard "Jake" Eberwein for three years on a part-time basis; his contract expires in 2020.

Skrocki was part time in Lee, but gave a full-time effort. He's credited with helping the district overhaul its strategic education plan, School Committee policy manual and two-school technology network — the latter of which saved taxpayers between $85,000 to $90,000.

The Hoosac Valley Regional School Committee felt Skrocki was the obvious choice as interim — and he was the lone interim applicant.

"His familiarity with the district and the towns is an advantage we had to take," Emerson said.

Dick Lindsay can be reached at rlindsay@berkshireeagle.com and 413-496-6233.


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