Renovation Underway For School Department Move
North Adams now has a clear timeline for the School Department's move into City Hall and has begun the process of restructuring offices to accommodate more than 30 additional employees.
The Berkshire Eagle reports the transition of the public school system's administrative headquarters from Main Street over to City Hall is expected to save the city a rent payment of more than $75,000 annually.
The School Department will take over most of City Hall's second floor, while city employees on the second floor will soon head into new spaces on the first floor.
Except for the mayor's office — which will remain on the second floor — city staff will be cleared out of the second floor by the end of the year, according to Administrative Officer Michael Canales.
The goal is to have the entire administrative offices of the School Department in City Hall by about April 2019, according to North Adams Public Schools Superintendent Barbara Malkas.
School administrators have a floor plan completed and will move employees over in phases, as it is convenient.
As part of the restructuring, the North Adams Municipal Employees Credit Union will be relocated to a new office at 26 Union St. The BerkshireWorks office at City Hall is still looking for a new home.