Johnson emphasized that his comments were meant to address the national trend in education and not reflect on Williamstown's priorities. And he said there are issues of equity involved in the rush to bring technology into the classroom.
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.
Although the Williamstown School Committee would continue to exist through the end of fiscal 2018, the focus of the district would shift to the transition committee if both towns approve regionalization at concurrent special town meetings.
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 WES cafeteria will be packed with gently used, nearly new and brand new quality children's clothing and accessories, including dressy styles, swim and athletic wear, foot wear, costumes and pajamas.
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.
Williamstown Elementary School's enrollment saw a dramatic increase over the summer, but school officials were able to find the money to hire new teachers without cutting programming at the K-through-6 school.
The Williamstown School Committee last week decided to use the district's building renewal fund to address some summer maintenance issues for the 15-year-old structure.
At a special Wednesday morning meeting, three members of the five-person panel voted unanimously to approve up to $84,283 dollars for three different contractors to do roof, window and masonry work at the school, which opened in 2002.
The committee looking at expanding the Mount Greylock Regional School District discussed on Monday how to make the case for expansion to voters who may be on the fence.
The districtís revived Regional District Amendment Committee held its second meeting since it was reconvened by the Mount Greylock School Committee this spring, and it was clear that the panel has strong arguments on its side and serious concerns to overcome.
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.
Pasachoff and Williams sophomore Brendan Rosseau came to WES on April 4 to talk about the eclipse, which will only be at 70 percent strength here in Williamstown, meaning "it won't get very dark and you won't barely know what's happening," he said.
Fifth-grade teacher Frani Miceli was nominated for the award by Steve and Donna Narey, whose son Cole has Down Snydrome and has been with Miceli for fourth and fifth grades. She joined other award recipients as well as WES principal Joelle Brookner and paraprofessional Kelly Galusha at a ceremony in Worcester on March 25.
A veteran member of the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee explained to the Board of Selectmen on Monday why the school wants to ask both member towns to expand the region in November special town meetings.
Carolyn Greene explained that there are several options to address deficiencies in the Tri-District arrangement that binds the three independent school districts: Mount Greylock, Lanesborough Elementary and Williamstown Elementary. But there is one option that the school committee fa
With three weeks left before the district presents its fiscal 2018 budget request to the town's Finance Committee, Interim Superintendent Kim Grady and School Committee Chairman Joe Bergeron told the committee that the latest iteration of the spending plan sees the appropriation to the town up by 4.12 percent from FY17.
A collaborative agreement among North County school districts could save money and improve outcomes for special needs students throughout the district, an official working on the collaboration told the Williamstown School Committee on Wednesday.
North Adams Public Schools Superintendent Barbara Malkas said she'd seen the benefits of educational collaboratives when leading the public schools in the Worcester County town of Webster.
The Williamstown School Committee heard some sobering news about the prospects for the fiscal 2018 budget talks it will begin in earnest next month.
The K-6 district expects costs for the fiscal year to increase by about twice the funding increase historically offered by the town unless cuts are found.
A turbulent year in the governance of Williamstown Elementary School took another turn on Wednesday evening when Dan Caplinger stepped down as chairman of the School Committee.
Caplinger called a special 4 p.m. meeting of the body to announce his decision and decide on a new leader going forward.
Maintaining staff and reinstating programs cut in the fiscal 2017 budget process are among the priorities of Williamstown Elementary School's principal.
Joelle Brookner gave a presentation to the School Committee at its Nov. 30 meeting in an order to help the panel understand the budget numbers it will see this winter when it weighs the FY18 budget.