Archive - Aug 2013 - News Article
North Adams Community Schools has prepared an operating budget for 2014 in the amount of approximately $20 million, the bulk of which will be the subject of a public hearing held by the Adams County Council on August 30.
The council must approve the portion of the school district's budget that is funded from state coffers, said Larry Carty, business manager for the school district.
Decatur's River Greenway Trail will be closed from 9-10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 14, for the annual Adams Memorial Hospital Catch Your Breath 8K and 5K Run/Walk and a 1-mile fun run.
The races will begin at the trail head of the River Greenway by Evergreen Assisted Living Apartments and continue along the trail, an announcement said. The 5K participants will complete an out and back 3.1-mile run while the 8K participants will travel a total of 4.96 miles.
The annual Kekionga Downtown Decatur Merchants Market, which features the sidewalk sale, craft show, antique show and flea market, will return for 2013.
An announcement said booth space is still available to all interested parties, retailers, service businesses, food vendors, not-for-profits, craft vendors etc. The market will be held Saturday, August 24, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information visit www.decatursba.com or call Max Miller: (260) 223-0102.
Some 12 hours after students returned to the classroom for the start of the 2013-14 school year, the North Adams school board finalized its teaching and employee roster for the current year.
Personnel moves approved by the board during its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday included the retirement of Ken Gase from the food service department with the district.
Superintendent Scott Litwiller gave an update to the South Adams School Board on Crossing Alternative School, which is entering its second year of operation, at Tuesday's meeting.
Litwiller reported that he visited the Crossing on August 16 and spoke with campus leader Tim Reyes. Reyes told Litwiller that they had begun classes on August 1, and things were going well.
With the 2013-14 school year under way, it seems the bulk of personnel decisions have already been made. There were a few finalized, however, during the Adams Central Board of Education meeting held Tuesday.
Submitting letters of resignation was special education aide Kate Schnitz, who accepted another job over the summer; special education aide Shelby McDonald, who is returning to college to further her education; and part-time kindergarten aide Emilee Green ,who accepted a full-time position over the summer.
Structural engineers hired by North Adams Community Schools to address wall stabilization issues and deficiencies at Bellmont High School presented their findings and recommendations to the school district's board of education during Tuesday evening's monthly board meeting. Those recommendations came with a $2 million price tag.
The main topic of discussion at Tuesday's meeting of the courthouse project committee was the location of the proposed Adams County Judicial Center.
Decatur native Cory Miller of SchenkelShultz Architecture, filling in for Dave Sholl, reminded the committee that it has so far agreed to a three-story plan—with the lowest story open to future expansion—, and the location choices have been narrowed down to Madison Street between Second and Third Street, or Third Street, north of where the superior court building is located.
The building trades program at Adams Central High School, which has been dangling over the edge of existence for the past few months, has new life for the 2013-14 school year after partnering with the Habitat for Humanity (HFH) of Adams County to build a home on the south side of Berne.
A public hearing will be held during the October 15 meeting of Berne City Council to give local residents the opportunity to comment on the city's proposed 2014 operating budget.
The council on Monday authorized publication of a maximum budget for next year based on an assessed property valuations in the city of $103 million, a figure that is down from $107 million in 2013. The total tax liability for residents next year, based on that number, would be $1.13 per $100 of assessed personal property value.