Lanesborough Sets High School Presentation, Special Town MeetingBy Andy McKeever
10:39PM / Monday, November 05, 2012
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — School officials will give a presentation to residents explaining the need and process for building a new high school.
Mount Greylock Regional High School officials are still awaiting word on whether they will be accepted into the state School Building Authority's program but are already bringing the issue to the townspeople.
The school's Building Subcommittee recently presented their case to the Williamstown Finance Committee and on Monday, Dec. 10, will bring that argument to Lanesborough.
"We would like to advertise the fact that were giving the presentation in Lanesborough," Mark Schiek, an appointed member of the school's subcommittee and currently on the ballot for the School Committee, told the Selectmen on Monday night. "I think it would be appropriate to have the Lanesborough Finance Committee at this meeting."
The meeting will start at 7 p.m. at Town Hall and the Selectmen said they want to limit the time period to about one hour. The Williamstown meeting lasted about an hour and a half.
School officials are hoping to receive word later this month on if they will be accepted into the program. The subcommittee reformed last year and began the process of applying. Earlier this year, MSBA officials visited the school and Greylock officials hope they'll be on the agenda for the MSBA's Board of Directors meeting on Nov. 14.
If accepted, the school would need to go through a feasibility study to find out the best option for the facility before the state agrees to pay a large portion of a building project.
The Selectmen also set a special town meeting for next Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. at the Elementary School. Four articles will be presented for voter approval.
Article 1 is asking to raise and appropriate $19,250 for the Group Health Insurance, $8,500 for assessors' salaries and $2,500 in retirement benefits budget lines. These sums are to cover projected shortfalls in those budget lines.
Article 2 asks for $1,700 to join Wired West. Article 3 asks for $22,000 to purchase a new police cruiser to replace one that was damaged in an accident and Article 4 will re-vote the zoning bylaws, which were approved in the spring but were later rejected by the state attorney general's office because the meeting notice was not properly posted.