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Pittsfield Schools Superintendent On The “Foundational Need” To Keep Students Safe, New Contracts

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Pittsfield Public Schools Superintendent Jake McCandless speaking at this spring's Taconic High School graduation.

Labor Day is Monday, and already, many students in our region are back to school. Wednesday was the first day of school in Pittsfield, the largest city in Berkshire County. Pittsfield Public Schools Superintendent Jake McCandless spoke with WAMC, touching on the long-awaited new Taconic High School building, school safety, new contracts with the teachers’ union, and more.

Josh Landes has been WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief since February 2018, following stints at WBGO Newark and WFMU East Orange. A passionate advocate for Western Massachusetts, Landes was raised in Pittsfield and attended Hampshire College in Amherst, receiving his bachelor's in Ethnomusicology and Radio Production. His free time is spent with his cat Harry, experimental electronic music, and exploring the woods.
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