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School committee elects Burke as new chairperson

(Hannah Shirley) Jane Burke, left, and Danile Kelly.

SHEFFIELD — Longtime educator Jane Burke of New Marlborough was elected chairperson of the Southern Berkshire School Committee by her colleagues at their meeting on Thursday.

The final vote was 6-4, with members Art Battacchi and Dennis Sears, both of Sheffield, receiving two votes each.

Burke replaces former chairman Ken Knox, who resigned from the school committee last month after moving out of the district.

High school teacher Jon Bruno of Sheffield was also elected vice chairman. Sears, the previous vice chairma n, and David Travis of New Marlborough were also nominated for the position, but declined, making Bruno the sole nominee.

Burke and Bruno will serve in their respective positions until November when the board will formally reorganize in their regular election.

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