Although both the Adams-Cheshire Regional School Committee and town officials lament the closing of Cheshire Elementary School, they all agree that a budget must be passed.
The Selectmen on Tuesday agreed with Superintendent Robert Putnam and School Committee members Paul Butler and Adam Emerson that not passing the school and town budget out of protest would wreak havoc on both.
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.
A draft fiscal 2018 budget presented to the Selectmen on Tuesday is up $306,732, a 5.5 percent hike over this year.
The Selectmen reviewed the proposed $5,902,686 budget on Tuesday prior to the board's regularly scheduled meeting.
Cheshire School advocates want town meeting to allocate some $300,000 to fund the operation of the elementary school for a year.
Resident Michelle Whitney's presented the citizens' petitions to the Selectmen on Tuesday with the muscle of more than 231 signatures behind them asking to pull $300,000 from stabilization and free cash.
The new Highway Superintendent Blair Crane has hit the ground running after two days on the job.
Crane provided his first superintendent report to the Selectmen on Tuesday and said things are going well.
The Selectmen and the Advisory Board trudged through the fiscal 2017 budget this week and pledged to revamp the town's salary structure next year.
They met with department heads Tuesday to review the draft budget that is 2.5 percent higher than this year's budget and currently reflects a $11,000 to $12,000 levy limit buffer.
A draft budget for fiscal 2017 presented Tuesday night reflects a 2 percent increase over this year's $5.3 million budget, which would leave Cheshire $13,000 under the levy limit.
Town Administrator Mark Webber said the Advisory Board has not yet finished reviewing the budget and next week will hold a joint meeting with the Selectmen. Department Heads will be present to defend their budgets.