CLARKSBURG -- With new faces, walking trails and even a school breakfast program in the cafeteria, students will see a number of changes when they return to Clarksburg Elementary School on Tuesday.
At Thursday's school committee meeting, Principal Linda Reardon said new hires at the school will include a part-time music teacher, a full-time art teacher and several teaching assistants.
"This is the most new faces we've had in a long time," Superintendent Jon Lev said.
Erica Pecor will teach art part time in addition to teaching assistant job grade 1, Reardon said. Pecor will replace Renee Bouchard Franklin, who resigned to care for her new baby.
"We figured out a schedule where [Pecor] can just do afternoons three days a week, just about the same schedule [Bouchard Franklin] had," Reardon said.
Pecor was the long-term substitute for Bouchard Franklin last year, she added. "She has a lot of great ideas for this year, and we're excited to have her back."
Rob Tatten, the music and band teacher for Clarksburg and Abbot Memorial School in Florida, resigned last week to take a full-time position with Pittsfield Public Schools, Reardon said.
Lev said the district is currently interviewing applicants to fill Tatten's position. The position is for four days a week.
"We certainly hope we'll have someone that can get started pretty quick," Lev said.
Other new hires include two new teaching assistants and two new special education tutors. Several existing staff members have moved to other teaching positions in the school, Reardon said.
One summer project through the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition's chapter of Mass in Motion will give students access to the outdoors.
"This summer, with the help of Amanda L'Etoile from Berkshire Natural Resources, myself and a team of approximately 15 students and parents cleared several pathways in the woods behind the school," she said.
The paths have existed for many years, Reardon said, and clearing them give access to vernal pools behind the school.
The school is also working to implement new federal mandates for healthier school lunches, Lev said.
"We're going to watch the cafeteria closely this year," Lev said. "We're trying to make it as self sustainable as we can, because we have a small amount in the budget if it goes over... but as we have better meals, it does cost more."
And starting in October, the school will also offer a breakfast program in the cafeteria, Lev said, adding the food will include bagels, cereal, fruit and yogurt.
The program is a requirement from the Department of Education, he said, and was implemented based on the number of students receiving free or reduced lunch.
To reach Edward Damon, email firstname.lastname@example.org.