School officials expect to present a budget to the town by the end of the month.
The budgets for Lanesborough Elementary School and Mount Greylock Regional Middle and High School will look very different when it goes to town meeting this year. With the merger, there is a significant amount of shifting of cost centers. Most notably, health insurance will shift out of the town's budget and into the school district's budget.
The Selectmen are particularly interested in the lease agreement with the newly expanded school district for use of the elementary school.
The Selectmen met with the School Committee this week as part of bi-annual conversations the two bodies started having in recent years. Now, the School Committee will slowly be dissolved, replaced with a transition committee, and then eventually a new district school committee. The town had voted to expand the Mount Greylock Regional School District to inc
Elementary School teachers and students have set the bar high.
The school held its first tests of the newly revamped Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System tests last year and the newly revealed scores show Lanesborough students trending ahead of state averages in nearly every category.
The state is not placing an accountability rank on schools that have moved to the new system, but the first year will set a benchmark to measure growth in the future.
At contemporaneous town meetings in each community, residents will be asked whether to consolidate the three schools of the Tri-District into a single, expanded Mount Greylock Regional School District. If they do so, the current practice of electing a separate school committee for each elementary school will be a thing of the past, and the budgets for both preK-6 schools will be incorporated into a single spending plan that voters will be asked to approve each spring at Annual Town Meeting.
The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Tuesday decided to ask voters to approve the region's expansion to include Williamstown's and Lanesborough's elementary schools.
But there may be one more School Committee meeting to approve the final regional agreement language voters will see at Nov. 14 special town meetings in each community.
School officials behind the regionalization vote have been around town answering questions about it. But they still don't have a final draft of the proposal.
The long talked about full regionalization of Williamstown Elementary School, Lanesborough Elementary School, and Mount Greylock Regional Middle and High School goes to voters on Nov. 14. The move is seen as a natural progression after sharing administration for nearly a decade.
The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Tuesday echoed the school committees at its feeder elementary schools by endorsing a plan to fully regionalize the district while maintaining local control of the elementary schools in Lanesborough and Williamstown.
In a 5-0 vote, the panel voted to signal the Mount Greylock School Committee that it wants to meet jointly with the the junior-senior high school committee at its Sept. 19 meeting and that the elementary school committee wants to continue to seek community input ahead of a hoped-for November special town meeting in each of Mount Greylock's member towns.
The latest proposal to expand the Mount Greylock Regional School District would allow each member town to control the budget of its elementary school.
The elementary school committees from Williamstown and Lanesborough met Tuesday to review a draft regional agreement that would expand Mount Greylock Regional School District to include both its "feeder" schools.
The long talked about a vote on regionalization of the two elementary schools goes to the voters on Nov. 14.
The Board of Selectmen set that date for a special town meeting to handle the question of whether or not Williamstown and Lanesborough should join together as one K-12 regional school district. Schools officials have been talking about taking such a step for years and it is eyed to save both towns money and improve efficiency.
As the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee moves forward with its efforts to invite its "feeder" elementary schools to join the district, it is getting some indirect encouragement from the countywide task force looking at challenges facing public education.
Children from Cheshire Elementary School won't be making their way to Lanesborough instead.
The close of Cheshire Elementary School has led many to suggest Lanesborough could be a home for some, if not all, of those students. The Lanesborough Board of Selectmen even suggested looking to craft a tuition agreement to attract some of those students.
John Goerlach worked 20 years in the town's Highway Department so when he retired, part of his health insurance will come from the town's budget.
Goerlach will be paying 15 percent of the premium with the town picking up the rest. Goerlach is now a Selectman, a decade after leaving the town's employment, and he's tasked with managing the finances. Because of conflict of interest laws, he cannot vote to increase the percentage retirees pay for benefits.
Full regionalization of the Mount Greylock School District is expected to go to a vote in the fall.
Considerations of fully regionalize the district have been ongoing since 2013 and is eyed to bring efficiency to the administration of three schools. Currently, Williamstown Elementary, Mount Greylock Regional Middle and High School, and Lanesborough Elementary are all separate entities sharing a superintendent. The move would bring both elementary schools into the district, creating a pre-K to
A Mount Greylock Regional School guidance counselor and member of the Lanesborough Elementary School Committee said on Wednesday that he regretted a "crude joke" on social media that led to condemnation by alumni of the high school.
The Lanesborough Elementary School Committee on Friday formally began the process of raising the tuition it charges New Ashford.
In response to longtime criticism from town officials about the difference between the negotiated salary rate and the actual per-pupil cost of a Lanesborough education, the district has developed a policy that will peg that tuition to that average cost.
School officials are crafting a policy to address tuition costs on an annual basis.
Interim Superintendent Kimberly Grady told the Board of Selectmen on Monday that she will be presenting new policies to guide the tuition prices to the School Committee later this week. The move is in response to Lanesborough officials' desire to significantly raise the tuition costs for students coming from New Ashford.
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The School Committee on Thursday approved having a Narcan kit in the nurses office just in case an adult in the school overdoses on heroin. The kit is being provided by the District Attorney's office and schools throughout Berkshire County are receiving kits.
Board of Selectmen Chairman John Goerlach said he is "thoroughly disgusted" that New Ashford is paying half the cost per pupil than Lanesborough is for the same education.
The town has a tuition agreement with New Ashford, which does not have an elementary school, to send their students to Lanesborough Elementary School. The tuition is set at $8,730, which is about half of the per-pupil spending of the entire school. Goerlach has been pushing for an increased tuition rate for years, calling f
Mount Greylock Regional School Committee member Carolyn Greene, who chaired the committee at the time of Dias' 2015 hiring and last week's departure, said at the Nov. 7 meeting that the Tri-District remains strong despite the turbulence, and on Thursday she emphasized that the complaints against the superintendent did not involve students.