The town was told that it would have to undergo this study that would consider all possible uses and list needs that would have to be addressed. This could mean fire and safety doors as well as other upgrades.
Selectwoman Carol Francesconi, who also serves on the committee, said the group considered housing, satellite classrooms, commercial kitchen use, day care and even a small cafť in the facility. She said the town released a request for expressed interest and only received a response from a day care and a dance studio.
Currently, the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District's central office is the only lease in the building and Francesconi said both Head Start and Dancecapade could join them in the building with room to spare.
The Selectmen the grant paperwork Tuesday after Town Administrator Mark Webber told them that the New Marlborough Selectmen gave the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission its blessing earlier this week.
The town formed a reuse committee after the regional School Committee voted last year to close the elementary school. The reuse committee does not intend to recommend selling the 62,000 square-foot building.
Town officials reached out to the Northern Berkshire School Union 43 about possibly joining its superintendency union this past June.
However, the town was told it would have to leave the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District before going any further.
Town officials are not sure what to do with the neglected Greylock Road.
Highway Superintendent Blair Crane told the Selectmen on Tuesday that he recently had been asked if the town will maintain the road and asked the board for some guidance.
Cheshire voters on Monday agreed to fund the regional school budget, ending months of mounting anxieties over the consequences of not having a school budget in place.
The second time was the charm at Monday's special town meeting scheduled solely to vote on the town's $3.1 million assessment to the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District.
It was a bittersweet ending for children and faculty at Cheshire Elementary on Tuesday, with the welcoming of summer vacation balanced against the knowledge they would be walking out of the school's doors for the last time.
The Selectmen have tentatively scheduled a special town meeting on Monday, July 17, to try again to pass the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District budget.
Officials met with School committee Chairman Paul Butler on Tuesday night to figure out the next steps in the budget process and with coming deadlines, both they and Butler agreed it would be prudent to have a budget in place sooner than later.
Town meeting rejected the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District's $19.2 million budget and shot down articles aimed at keeping Cheshire Elementary School open.
More than 200 voters filled the school's auditorium Monday night for a 3 1/2 marathon town meeting mostly focused on the school and the regional school budget.
Cheshire does not meet the criteria to file an injunction to keep Cheshire Elementary School from closing.
Selectwoman Carol Francesconi said Town Counsel Edmund St. John III told her it was not possible because the town does not meet the injunction requirements.
The Advisory Board has asked if the town could file an injunction with the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District to stop the closing of the elementary school.
During the joint Advisory Board and Selectmen's meeting Tuesday, the Advisory Board asked that the town try to delay the closing of the school so a more thorough study can be conducted to look at other educational models and possibly merging with other districts.
Two different educational organizations have reached out to the Selectmen about leasing Cheshire Elementary School.
Selectman Robert Ciskowski said he was against leasing the building at this time because he felt there were too many unknowns. He said he feared it would end up costing the town money.
The vagueness of an amendment pushed by Cheshire citizens to amend the regional school district as a way to keep their school open has Adams officials wary of the fall out.
The Selectmen have added the amendment to the annual town meeting warrant but wanted to make it clear that it could have a financial impact in Adams. The amendment would purportedly allow Cheshire to spend more on its school without triggering proportional spending by Adams.
The Finance Committee rejected the citizen's petition article to amend the ACRSD agreement and allow Cheshire to independently fund their elementary school.
"We usually donít vote on citizenís petitions and we just send them through but this one will have a major impact," Finance Committee member Jeffrey Lefebvre said. "I think we should give a sense of direction on what our feeling is."
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.
The Selectmen are baffled by the complexity of a series of town meeting articles that would have to clear multiple hurdles to amend the regional school district agreement.
The Cheshire Citizens for Education group has place articles by petition on both the Adams and Cheshire town meeting warrants aimed at keeping Cheshire School open and independently funded by the town.