NA enrollment down only 8 from last year

    North Adams Community Schools welcomed 1,746 students through its various doors Tuesday as classes for the 2014-15 school year got under way.
    Greeting those students were some three dozen new faces in the teaching ranks — from kindergarten through high school — and a handful of other teachers who have switched roles since school ended in May of this year.
    Superintendent Brent Lehman, reporting to the North Adams board of education during its regular monthly meeting Tuesday evening, said opening-day enrollment was down 30 at the high school from last year first-day attendance, but Bellmont Middle School saw an increase of 19 students. Enrollment at Southeast Elementary School was five students higher than last year and Northwest Elementary was down two students.
    The net decrease, Lehman said, was a mere eight total students, which was “very good news,” the superintendent stated.
    “We knew the high school (enrollment) was going to be down because the smaller classes have started to arrive there,” he noted.
    With 31 veteran teachers and administrators leaving North Adams due to retirement at the end of the last school year, the board was asked Tuesday evening to give its formal blessing to the employment of 14 educators who started their tenure earlier in the day.
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