Adams-Cheshire schools superintendent to step down after a year

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CHESHIRE — After one year on the job, Superintendent John Vosburgh is leaving the Adams Cheshire Regional School District.

Vosburgh stunned the School Committee at its regular meeting Monday night, announcing he was resigning effective July 31.

"We were surprised," committee Chairman Adam Emerson told The Eagle in a brief phone interview.

Vosburgh said he is 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.

"To do this job right you have to ingrain yourself in the community as often as you can, that includes nights and weekends," he said in an Eagle interview. "With two children in high school, I didn't want to shortchange the district and my family."

A former principal at Taconic High School, Vosburgh 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.

"My strengths are working with students and teachers and I couldn't do that to the extent I would like as superintendent," he said.

The change leaves the district on the hunt 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.

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

"I want to be able to close out this school year as I don't want to leave the district in the lurch, although I already feel I am," he said.

The seven-member School Committee is expected to decide at its June 17 meeting whether to hire an interim superintendent or go directly into the search for a permanent hire.

Either way, Emerson said he expects the district to weather the transition.

"We are confident with the administrative staff we have in place," he said

Vosburgh's hiring came after the district and North Adams Public Schools jointly explored the possibility of the city's current superintendent, Barbara Malkas, overseeing both districts.

A consultant firm prepared a report issued in March 2018 outlining the pros and cons of a shared superintendent, but didn't recommend whether such an arrangement was worth further study.

Each district's school committee had concerns about the report, and Adams-Cheshire hired Vosburgh a day after deciding against pursuing a shared superintendent.

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


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