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Cheshire Board Hires Architects for School Building Reuse Review

After reading a letter from EDM, the board agreed Tuesday to hire the firm for $2,400 to conduct the study.

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Cheshire Needs Architectural Study Before Leasing School

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.

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Cheshire Posts Town Administrator Position

Outgoing Town Administrator Mark Webber told the Selectmen on Tuesday that his position has been posted in various media and an updated job description will be posted online.

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Cheshire Considering Moving Town Hall to Vacant School

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.

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Request for Proposals For Cheshire School Released

Town Administrator Mark Webber told the Selectmen on Tuesday that the RFP for the now-closed school will be posted and applications will be due May 1.

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Cheshire to Seek Proposals for Former School Building

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.

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New Marlborough to Join Cheshire Grant Application

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.

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Cheshire to Seek Interest in Reuse of School

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.

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Cheshire Needs Employee For School Maintenance

The building also caused issues this summer with the town taking over mowing duties. This has drawn Highway Department employees away from other responsibilities.

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Cheshire Eliminates Insurance for Elected Officials

After months of deliberation, the board unanimously voted Tuesday to eliminate insurance for those who work less than 20 hours a week for the town in order to save money.

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Cheshire Had Looked at Joining Northern Berkshire School Union

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.

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Cheshire to See If Reopening School Possible

The town will seek more information on whether reopening Cheshire Elementary School is financially and logistically viable.

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Cheshire Unsure If It Owns Ramshackle Greylock Road

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.

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Cheshire Passes School District Budget by Comfortable Margin

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.

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Cheshire Elementary Closes Doors With Cheers, Tears

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.

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Cheshire Will Try to Pass Regional School Budget in July

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.

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Cheshire Town Meeting Votes Down Regional School Budget

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.

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Cheshire Cemetery Commission May Lower Weekend Fees

The Cemetery Commission may lower its new weekend $500 burial fee and find a compromise price by request of the Selectmen, who felt it too steep.

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Cheshire Told It Can't File Injunction Against Regional School District

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.

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Cheshire Advisory Board Wants Injunction to Keep School From Closing

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.

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Two Groups Interested In Leasing Cheshire School

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.

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Adams Selectmen Unsettled By Regional School District Amendment

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.

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Adams Finance Committee Rejects Adams-Cheshire Amendment

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."

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Lanesborough Elementary Not An Option For Cheshire Students

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.

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Cheshire Elementary Petition Hits More Road Blocks

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.

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