Since the fall's votes in Lanesborough and Williamstown to fully regionalize the Mount Greylock district, the LES Committee is no longer responsible for decisions that impact the school after July 1, 2018, which is why the Transition Committee is charged with setting a tuition rate.
Some town officials are urging the Mount Greylock Transition Committee to hold firm on tuition rates.
Members of the Board of Selectmen and the Finance Committee had fought for years over the price point of tuition and last year finally reach an agreement with school officials.
For years, Lanesborough Elementary School and Mount Greylock have been criticized for setting tuition levels below the per-student cost published by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The third school in the newly expanded Mount Greylock Regional School District, Williamstown Elementary School, has a negligible number of tuition pupils in any given year.
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.
Finance Committee member Ronald Tinkham wants to know how many hours are spent mowing the lawns at the elementary school and says New Ashford should pay for a portion of that too.
The School Committee adopted a policy which sets tuition costs at the state's Department of Elementary and Secondary Education calculated per pupil cost. The move is in response to the Board of Selectmen urging for sharp increases in the tuition rates. When the new rates go into effect, it will essentially double th
The Lanesborough Elementary School Committee on Friday formally began the process of raising the tuition it charges New Ashford.
In response to longtime criticism from town officials about the difference between the negotiated salary rate and the actual per-pupil cost of a Lanesborough education, the district has developed a policy that will peg that tuition to that average cost.
School officials are crafting a policy to address tuition costs on an annual basis.
Interim Superintendent Kimberly Grady told the Board of Selectmen on Monday that she will be presenting new policies to guide the tuition prices to the School Committee later this week. The move is in response to Lanesborough officials' desire to significantly raise the tuition costs for students coming from New Ashford.
The Finance Committee chairman is peeved with Mount Greylock Regional High School for canceling a meeting to discuss the budget.
The committee met on Monday with an agenda that included meeting with the Mount Greylock Regional High School Committee to discuss the proposed budget. However, after a testy meeting last week, another meeting to attend on Monday, and a public hearing scheduled for Tuesday, Mount Greylock officials opted to cancel their appearance with the Finance Committee.
Board of Selectmen Chairman John Goerlach said he is "thoroughly disgusted" that New Ashford is paying half the cost per pupil than Lanesborough is for the same education.
The town has a tuition agreement with New Ashford, which does not have an elementary school, to send their students to Lanesborough Elementary School. The tuition is set at $8,730, which is about half of the per-pupil spending of the entire school. Goerlach has been pushing for an increased tuition rate for years, calling f