The Adams-Cheshire Regional School Committee will seek legal counsel to see how and if Cheshire can amend the district agreement to allow the town to fund Cheshire Elementary School on its own for one year.
Cheshire Selectwoman Carol Francesconi on Monday asked the committee if it was possible for the town to increase its assessment and bypass the district agreement that would mandate a proportional increase to Adams.
School Committee members overcame weeks of dissension related to the closing of an elementary to finally approve a $19.2 million budget for fiscal 2018.
The Adams-Cheshire Regional School Committee first failed to close on a budget number already accepted by its larger partner Adams, splitting along town lines. It debated going higher or pursuing a "supplemental budget" that would allow Cheshire School to remain open but those efforts were dropped Monday night when it became apparent they were
School officials postponed a vote Monday on a proposed fiscal 2018 spending plan until next week, hoping to hammer out a compromise budget that the towns of Adams and Cheshire can agree to in the short-term.
The Finance Committee approved the entire $15.5 million budget but voted to not recommend the McCann assessment to the town that has increased 27 percent.
The Finance Committee had few concerns with the town side of the fiscal year 2018 budget Thursday but refused to recommend the McCann budget with a 10 to 1 vote, even though the selectmen approved it with a 3-1 vote.
The Adams-Cheshire Regional School Committee failed again to pass a budget and agreed to try again Monday.
Adams and Cheshire residents filled the Hoosac Valley Library Wednesday night for a two-hour meeting where the School Committee was unable to settle on a budget, bringing them closer to the April 30 deadline.
School officials arrived empty-handed to Tuesday's Finance Committee meeting because Adams-Cheshire Regional School Committee's spending plan for fiscal 2018 is up in the air.
The Finance Committee had penciled in the assessment for Adams based on a $19.2 million budget that should have been approved on Monday. Instead, the School Committee's three Cheshire representatives balked at a plan that would mean the closure of Cheshire Elementary School.
The Adams-Cheshire Regional School Committee failed to pass its $19.2 million budget Monday night and may pass the buck to the towns.
The budget failed to get the five votes needed for passage, with the four Adams representives voting for and the three Cheshire representatives voting nay after an at-times heated two-hour long meeting at Hoosac Valley High School.
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.