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Pittsfield Schools Seek Almost $3 Million Budget Increase For 2020

A playground full of children lies in front of the Conte Community School's concrete facade
Pittsfield Public Schools
Pittsfield's Conte Community School

Jake McCandless became the superintendent of the Pittsfield, Massachusetts public schools in 2013. As the city of around 43,000 puts together its budget for fiscal year 2020, McCandless is asking Pittsfield leaders to spend more on its school department. In 2019, the city spent more than $60 million on public education. Now, McCandless has floated a pair of proposed increases. He  spoke with WAMC about why he’s asking for more, and why that number has changed.

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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