Blackmer Tapped as Business Administrator for North Berkshire School Union / iBerkshires.com

Lisa Blackmer is interviewed Thursday night time at Clarksburg University.

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CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The North Adams Town Council president is replacing the new mayor. 

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At the very least in the Northern Berkshire University Union. 

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Lisa Blackmer, city treasurer for Buckland, was selected on Thursday to fill the placement remaining left vacant by Jennifer Macksey, pending deal negotiations. 

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Macksey, assistant superintendent for enterprise and finance, will be sworn in as mayor of North Adams on Jan. 1. 

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Blackmer was the only prospect brought ahead for the posture of organization administrator for the school union that consists of the cities of Clarksburg, Florida, Monroe, Rowe and Savoy. She was peppered with thoughts ranging from grant creating to speaking with town and faculty officers in 5 communities to her management design and style.

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“I have been the treasurer/tax collector for the town of Buckland for in excess of five years and it can be a wonderful city. I love it there. I you should not dislike my occupation, but there is certainly definitely nowhere to go from where I am,” Blackmer told the committee customers on Thursday night time at Clarksburg School. “This is one thing that I truly feel is in my wheelhouse that I can discover what I will not know and utilize what I do know and feels like a subsequent phase.”

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The North Adams resident stated she thinks of Northern Berkshire as her community and that she would considerably somewhat use her techniques and her practical experience to strengthen matters here. 

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In reaction to how lengthy she would remain in article, Blackmer mentioned she may well “quite possibly retire from it.” 

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She explained herself as being process focused, especially when undertaking budgets and conversing about staff guidelines, and guaranteeing folks she trains fully grasp why things have to be done in sure ways. She also pointed out grants she had published and how it was significant to take into account the lengthy-phrase ramifications of those people grants on education and city finances. 

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Blackmer was self-assured she could get hold of her small business administrator license needed by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Instruction.

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“I’ve constantly been a element of continuing instruction, professional improvement. I have constantly attempted to do that,” she said, in reaction to finding her certification as organization administrator. “It was not a requirement on my work to be a qualified treasure but I went and did that and I’m doing the job on my certification for the collector … skilled advancement is variety of what I do, along with my work.”

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She reported she had accomplished her master of business administration and a master’s degree software on management and government when doing work full time and serving on neighborhood, regional and statewide boards, and not long ago accomplished procurement coaching on her personal.

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“I think my in general awareness of municipal finance and my large photograph expertise are possibly my strength,” Blackmer explained. “My weakness in this scenario would be in the weeds, the facts of university finance, but I truly feel that that’s a talent that is a lot easier to study than how to feel massive picture.”

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She joked she was so arranged she “desires in spreadsheets.”

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She explained she would build on the perform that Macksey has now finished because it wasn’t truly worth reinventing the wheel but somewhat tweaking issues as staff and applications transform. 

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The University Committee associates ended up normally favourable whilst they experienced two problems: Blackmer’s deficiency of expertise in academic finance and her involvement in other boards and corporations. 

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“She is very effectively versed with a whole lot of the governmental facet of issues but she did say she would not have as a great deal expertise with the faculty,” claimed Carla Davis-Small of Monroe. “There could possibly be some issues with the school and just about every matter. But again, we only have one particular man or woman job interview for the posture.”

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Davis said she was impressed with Blackmer but would have appreciated to have had an additional candidate to examine. 

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“I do have some worries about how a lot involvement she has with a whole lot of various factors the place that might distract her from discovering to the position,” claimed Arleigh Cooper of Savoy, but also assumed she had strong features and a good perspective.

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Others observed Blackmer’s active daily life as a favourable.

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“I assume men and women who have loads of ambitions and do factors get it all completed,” said  Susan Zavotka of Rowe. “She seems to me to be a accountable person who wants to do issues.” 

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She considered even with other candidates, Blackmer would have stood out.

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Matthew Crowningshield of Rowe observed her passion for skilled advancement, describing it as like a interest for her, and Chairwoman Judith Oleson of Florida acknowledged Blackmer is concerned in a good deal “but she has the energy and devotion and could be a terrific asset.”

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They agreed that she seemed highly organized and capable of understanding the position. 

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Immediately after heading into govt session for a discussion of administrative contracts, the committee voted unanimously to offer you the post to Blackmer. The committee also voted to make Josh Arico’s title to be the director of Info know-how and licensed Superintendent John Franzoni to hire Cheryl Boillat as the component-time interim director of scholar products and services until eventually Stephanie Pare can be changed.

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Blackmer had indicated she could not commence right up until the finish of January to give Buckland suitable observe. Macksey, whose previous working day is Friday, acknowledged there would be a hole but reported this was largely budget planning period. There is, having said that, Clarksburg’s textbooks remaining to be shut. The town is powering in its economic procedures but has employed a town administrator and is looking for a treasurer.

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“We’re likely to skip the heck out of you but we wish you the best,” Oleson informed Macksey.

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