The Selectmen and Finance Committee heard from both Adams-Cheshire Regional School District and McCann Technical School on their fiscal 2108 spending plans and aired concerns about both budgets.
Wednesday was the third of four joint budget hearings held at the Adams Visitors Center. The two regional school budgets make 39 percent of the town's proposed $15.5 million the fiscal 2018 budget.
The Adams-Cheshire Regional School Committee delayed its budget vote until Monday, March 27, to determine if more positions needed to be included.
The date puts the vote before required 45 days prior to town meeting. Committee members felt this allowed the opportunity to form a budget that may include positions originally cut.
The Adams-Cheshire Regional School Committee voted 4-3 to close Cheshire Elementary School on Thursday night, splitting along town lines.
The anticipated vote came after a nearly two hour meeting at Hoosac Valley High School and was one of five taken to reconfigure the regional school district, including moving Grades 4 and 5 up to Hoosac Valley.
Without overrides, the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District cannot keep both its elementary schools open or hire all of the recently recommended positions to make its schools better.
Adams Town Administrator Tony Mazzucco said that unless the town goes for a Proposition 2 1/2 override, the very most Adams can contribute is a 3 percent increase.
The School Committee's Audit and Evaluation subcommittee on Thursday found that between closing an elementary school, negotiating health insurance and other recommendations the district needs to find more than $500,000 to reach that figure.
The Adams-Cheshire Regional School District is looking at a $370,000 gap going into fiscal 2018, with the likelihood of adding another $130,000 on top of that because of required hirings.
Interim Superintendent Robert Putnam told the School Committee on Monday that he feels there isn't much that can be cut without reducing services.
Initial findings of the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District study are clear: Something has to change.
The University of Massachusetts' Edward J. Collins Jr. Center for Public Management was commissioned to study the state of the school district and supply recommendations for its future.
The town plans to put the Sand Mill Road Bridge repair project out to bid after the Conservation Commission's final review on Nov. 4.
Town Administrator Mark Webber said last week that the plans are almost bid ready and the board must decide if it wants to put out the project out to bid this fall or in the spring.
School officials are continuing to whittle away at the $19 million spending plan for fiscal 2017. The budget already reflects more than a dozen staffing cuts and is coming in some $110,000 under this year.
The Audit and Evaluation Committee is hoping to find more savings that can translate into retaining teachers.
Town officials agree that the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District must close a school — and that it shouldn't be C.T. Plunkett Elementary.
That consensus came during last week's review of the school budget during the third of four nights of fiscal 2017 budgetary review by the Selectmen and Finance Committee. Wednesday's review focused on Adams-Cheshire and McCann Technichal School that together make 39 percent of the entire $14.5 million spending plan for 2017.
The school committee lamentably voted to approve the $18,995,762 school budget with near a $1 million in total cuts which includes 12 positions.
After viewing the preliminary budget earlier this week that showed a decrease of $110,767 from this year's budget the school committee decided Thursday that they had no choice but to pass a budget they did not feel was educationally sound.
The Adams-Cheshire Regional School District budget is down for fiscal 2017 — but only after slashing nearly $1 million, including a dozen positions.
Business Manager David Hinkell on Monday presented a $18,995,762 preliminary budget to the school committee Monday that represented a .58 percent decrease, or drop of $110,767, from this year's budget.