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Pittsfield Schools Prepare For Extended Closures, Superintendent “Incredibly Concerned” About Budget

A long brick building sits beyond a green lawn and trees with a rotunda with a gold spire rising above it
Josh Landes
Pittsfield High School

With Massachusetts schools ordered shut until at least May 4th, questions about the remainder of the schoolyear are hanging over educators, students, and parents alike. Pittsfield Superintendent of Schools Jake McCandless spoke with WAMC about the likelihood of Berkshire County’s largest school district returning to in-person learning this spring, as well as the challenges of remote learning and the possibility of budget cuts as the city adjusts spending.

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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