The North Adams Public School District has been given the go-ahead by a state board to explore options to improve Greylock Elementary School.

Appearing on this week's "Community Insight" show, Mayor Tom Bernard said that North Adams was one of 11 districts that were invited to appear this month before the Mass. School Building Authority to present their case. Bernard attended the meeting along with School Superintendent Barbara Malkas and Greylock School Principal Sandra Cote.

Earlier this year, the district submitted a Statement of Interest to be considered for approval to do a feasibility study and planning for work on the building in the city's West End.

The Authority's approval means that North Adams may now move ahead with preliminary work towards the project, which the Mayor said would likely be a "long process over a number of years", involving a lot of planning and plenty of time for presentations and opportunity for public input.