Seventeen determined souls are stepping into their new roles of either superintendent or principal of a Berkshire County public school this year, looking to lead staff and students forward in the field of 21stcentury education.

The Berkshire Eagle reports that while administrative turnover has been common in recent years —what stands out on this 2018-19 slate is that the majority of these new school leaders have climbed up the ranks through either their home school systems or neighboring districts. Only five of the 17 new leaders come from outside of the Berkshires.