Several dozen current and retired employees of the Mount Greylock Regional School District attended last week's School Committee meeting to voice concerns that the district might unilaterally raise the percentage of health care costs borne by retirees.
The Mount Greylock School Committee has decided to pay less on the school building project bond in the first year and forego savings that would not be realized until years down the road.
The question of whether to more aggressively pay down the principal on a $30 million bond has been discussed since the school district's two member towns passed a debt exclusion for the project in March.
Richard Locke got 20 parents of kindergarten students to sign a petition asking for two sections for the students when they enter first grade next year.
The class is expected to have 21 students all in a single class and the parents all asked the committee to open up a few more school choice slots and hire an additional teacher to have two, smaller classes. Locke handed that petition to the School Committee Tuesday after about a half dozen parents pleaded the case during the budget hearing.
The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Thursday discussed an evolving fiscal 2017 budget.
As presented by Superintendent Douglas Dias and Principal Mary MacDonald, the budget includes a 3.91 percent increase over FY16, from $10.6 million to just less than $11 million.
Along with reading, 'riting and 'rithmetic, students at Mount Greylock and Wahconah regional high schools this spring are going to focus on a fourth "r": the real world.
Earlier this month, State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg announced 24 Financial Education Innovation Fund grants to schools around the commonwealth.
If voters on March 1 in Williamstown and March 15 in Lanesborough pass debt exclusion votes to allow the district to borrow the $31 million to $35 million local share of thee $64.8 million project, the first phase of renovation could start this August.
The Mount Greylock Regional School District and Superintendency Union 71 on Tuesday approved the creation of an assistant superintendent position to replace the Tri-District's director of pupil personnel services.
The Tri-District is the umbrella under which the regional junior-senior high school and SU-71 — a collaboration of the Williamstown and Lanesborough elementary school districts — share a central administration.