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p.m. ,, ,, . , Collaborative for Educational collaborative to hire full-time executive Directors of the Berkshire voted Wednesday night to establish a full-time paid executive officer's post to administer what they see as an expanding demand for services and, possibly, handicapped persons in need of physical therapy or special in-home care not now provided by local school systems. The present executive officer is Holland G. Duval, superintendent of the Adams-Cheshire Re- to handicapped young people in gional School District, who was this county. At the same time, the directors in their first reorganization since formation of the collaborative two years ago elected Richard K. Cooper of Dalton as i chairman. Robert S. Wicksman of Williamstown, vice chairman, and Marguerite Tristany of Lee secretary. Cooper succeeds Paul H. Wagner of Pittsfield. who was the collaborative's first chairman. instrumental in organizing the collaborative in 1973 and 1974. But Duval said Wednesday night that he doesn't have the time to devote to collaborative administration and that a full-time person should be hired. He advanced . his proposal "because this is an opportune time,"he said. He pointed out that Carol Ann Smith, who has been program director for the education of the deaf, would be resigning in two In voting to create a full-time days and said that before a suc- executive officer's post, the di- cessor is hired the collabora- rectors, meeting in Pittsfield, t !v e s board of directors should gave backing to a plan ad- uncommon handicaps. towns. Directors debaledthe propos- He said that an executive offi- "I don't see anyone building a l for some time before·votmg cer can be hired before the new another layer of bureaucracy." on it. Concern over school year begins in Septem- said ·Kurtz, addressing a flict between their collaborative frequent complaint from critics and one set up a yearago of collaboratives. "Kids only at- four South Berkshire schoo tend when local communities tricls to provide vocational, or wantthemto." occupational, training for stu- Duval added that, because of dents, was eventually allayed, the nature of collaboratives. an "I don't share alarm over That. too. was a suggestion by executive officer's post would having two collaborative offi- Duval because, he said, the offi- be on a year-to-year basis, cers in office at the same cer's salary could be picked up The new special education said John B. ««s« r « from administrative expensed law. Chapter 766. places respon- Sheffield outgoing chairman o provided under slate and feder- sibility for all service to special- the Southern Berkshire al grants that fund, ih whole or needs and handicapped children School Committee. Ini faouth all the collaborative's on local communities. Forma- Berkshire,, we find that there is ber. As the directors voted it. the new post will have an "open" salary; in other words, one that will have no dollar value advertised. ^^ ^^ _ ^ i vanced"by their present unpaid ture and provide for expanded Needs it broadened its potential review the administrative struc- RichardK. Cooper executive officer and opened the services door to services for the blind Wall Miss Smith, who was hired in J974 as the first director of the education program for the deaf when the collaborative was being organized purely to serve deaf persons, is getting married and leaving the Berkshires. "Carol Ann was doing administrative chores that were not really part of her job." Duval said. When the collaborative changed its name from Berkshire Collaborative for Education of the Deaf to Collaborative for Low-Incidence Educational scope of service, said Duval. "The deaf program has demonstrated its effectiveness," he said. "And the physical therapy program in North Berkshire (covering seven communities there) has also demonstrated its success. It is a program that, under the state's special education law, we may have to provide for the county as a whole." In addition, Duval said he has found area superintendents calling for service to the blind, or visually impaired, and for provision of service to others with in part, efforts. A case in point, he said, is the proposed $40,000 grant from the state Bureau of Institutional Services to hire ooe or, at most, two specialists to oversee education and therapy programs for Berkshire County youngsters Stephen Hawkins now residing in institutional schools in or outside of the county. Usually, such grants carry a 10 per cent cost for administrative services, he said. "The executive officer," he explained, "could, in effect, make his own salary" through pursuit of grant funds for program services. tion.of collaboratives has been plenty .of work for the (offi- fostered to provide services c e r ) . " . . . which · communities and school The person holding that post districts would find too costly to is. .Edward Maurer of Stock- pro vide separately. ' bridge. A frequent practice He and Robert Kurtz, a consultant to some of the other 35 special needs collaboratives in Massachusetts, said executive officer's pay is frequently made up from a combination of sources, including tuitions and entrance fees from- member TENTS FOR ALL OCCASIONS Rent From 1520 £A5T STREET * PITTSFIILD, MASS. 01201 ( 4 1 3 ) 4 4 5 - 4 5 2 1 Party Tents -- Marquees, Canopies, Awnings

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  1. The Berkshire Eagle,
  2. 19 Jun 1976, Sat,
  3. Page 6

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