Mary Stred and Christina Duval have racked up enough years between them at Clarksburg Elementary School to qualify for a diamond jubilee.
So the two retiring teachers were treated like royalty on Monday, complete with tiaras, a black limousine, throngs of admirers lining the roadway, and waves that would impress even the queen.
With 59 registered voters in attendance at the special town meeting, the decision was unanimous to begin talks with Stamford, Vt., that could create Massachusetts' first interstate school district. The entire process took barely 15 minutes.
The school has mailed out a brochure explaining the reasons for exploring an interstate school district, including providing more educational opportunities, access to a full-day preschool and expanded space.
The Select Board signed off on a single-article warrant Wednesday that would see if town meeting would accept an agreement with the town of Stamford that would merge the two districts. Chairman Jeffrey Levanos shared his concerns over the redundant article.
A number of volunteers have met with the Board of Selectmen and more recently with the School Committee. A trimmed down steering committee appeared before the School Committee on Thursday to ensure it had permission to begin gathering estimates and establishing needs.
A student-led movie night at Clarksburg School raised more than $400 for the Berkshire Food Project.
The nine girls involved in the group presented the check for $411.50 to Darlene Ellis, the non-profit's kitchen manager, on Monday.
School officials are preparing for another snowy winter with "blizzard bags" to keep students on track.
The School Committee on Oct. 5 approved a pilot program that would send predetermined school work home with children so up to five school snow days could be treated as instructional days.
A state education act is pushing small schools to consolidate their governance and share their services or come up with an alternative.
Stamford's been wary of how the law would affect its school but some residents think they've found an answer — across state lines.
He anticipated that the school would have to lay off some paraprofessionals and possibly cut programs. At the same time, the school will have to add a kindergarten teacher to accommodate a growing number of incoming kindergartners.
Clarksburg Elementary eighth-graders will host the school's 13th annual Holocaust Exhibit featuring Auschwitz survivor Magda Brown on Monday night.
English teacher and exhibit organizer Michael Little said the exhibit this year will focus on anti-Jewish legislation in Nazi Germany.
The School Committee on Thursday heard reports from pupils on fundraising efforts they are involved in to help the community.
Second-graders at Clarksburg School used a school project to lead an effort to help local food pantries and Grade 8 is planning another fundraiser for Soldier On.
The elementary school will host a visioning session next week to gain input from teachers, administrators and parents to better inform the new school plans.
Principal Tara Barnes told the School Committee Thursday that an architect and education consultant will visit the school Nov. 9 to gather information about what teachers, administrators and parents want out of the new building.
Clarksburg School has achieved a Level 1 status based on last spring's standardized tests.
"Staff and teachers really worked hard over a number of years to reach this level," Superintendent Jon Lev said at Thursday's School Committee meeting.
Clarksburg School will hold its annual back to school evening event on Sept. 21, but it will be a little different than in years past.
Usually, teachers would give a presentation on that night and set up conferences for the parent night in December.