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New Ashford Town Meeting OKs School Budget

On consecutive paper ballot votes, town meeting voted by a 35-31 margin to keep the school line item in the town budget at the level recommended by the School Committee and, by a 13-vote margin, approved the total $870,054.61 spending plan.

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Lanesborough Votes to Include New Ashford Tuition Revenue In Budget

Town officials voted to include anticipated tuition revenue from New Ashford in the Mount Greylock Regional School budget, against the school official's advice. Mount Greylock had put forth a budget aimed to keep the town's contribution for Lanesborough Elementary School flat. But, there is still uncertainty around whether or not New Ashford will continue to send their children to the district. The district is raising tuition for New Ashford and next week residents there will decide whether o

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Mount Greylock Agrees to Elementary Tuition Compromise with New Ashford

In the past, Lanesborough Elementary has charged New Ashford separately for special education expenses on top of the standard per-pupil rate, but Grady clarified that special ed costs are factored into the DESE per-pupil number.

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New Ashford School Committee Endorses Compromise School Tuition Plan

As agreed to Wednesday and blessed by the School Committee 24 hours later, the town would pay $12,477 per pupil in fiscal 2019, $14,442 in FY20 and the full DESE per-pupil rate, whatever it may be at that time, in FY21.

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Mount Greylock Committee Opts to Keep Negotiating on Tuition

But last week, the New Ashford School Committee balked at recommending to town meeting a budget that supports the 93 percent hike and suggested a counter offer to the district.

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New Ashford School Committee Wants Another Negotiation on LES Tuition

That figure is nearly double the current tuition rate New Ashford pays to send its kindergarten through sixth-graders to LES.

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Schools to Provide Budget to Lanesborough Later This Month

School officials expect to present a budget to the town by the end of the month. The budgets for Lanesborough Elementary School and Mount Greylock Regional Middle and High School will look very different when it goes to town meeting this year. With the merger, there is a significant amount of shifting of cost centers. Most notably, health insurance will shift out of the town's budget and into the school district's budget.

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Mount Greylock Transition Committee Settles Tuition Rate

The Mount Greylock Transition Committee is sticking with its previous agreements when it comes to the tuition rate. The committee agreed to set a split rate $14,477 for New Ashford and Hancock students attending Mount Greylock Regional Middle and High School and $17,314 for New Ashford students attending Lanesborough Elementary. Those figures are in line with votes the legacy school committees had adopted in prior years.

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Mount Greylock Transition Committee Hears Both Sides on Tuition Question

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.

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Lanesborough Officials May Push Mount Greylock District on Tuition Hike

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.

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Mount Greylock Transition Committee May Back Off on Size of Tuition Hike

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.

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Mount Greylock Committee Hikes Rate for Tuitioning Towns

The Mount Greylock Transition Committee on Tuesday decided to raise the anticipated cost of tuitioning students to the middle-high school by 23 percent.

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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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Lanesborough FinCom Member Calls for Steeper Tuition Hike

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

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Lanesborough Elementary Weighs New Tuition Policy

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.

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Lanesborough School To Consider New Policy Raising Tuition

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.

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Lanesborough Finance Panel Angry With School Officials

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.

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Tuition Costs Highlight Meeting With Lanesborough School, Town Officials

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

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