On a vote of 7-1, the panel decided to send the letter to the School Committee asking that the latter continue "retaining at least $1.5 million [of the Williams College capital gift] as a capital improvement reserve."
More than three years, countless hours by several committees and thousands of dollars worth of professional planning have been spent developing plans to apply the proceeds of the gift, given in early 2016 to help the district pay for things not covered under the Massachusetts School Building Authority's building program.
Hugh Daley asked his colleagues to make such a statement, arguing that the board had an obligation to do what it can to preserve a fund intended to protect local taxpayers against future expenses at the recently renovated and rebuilt school.
Greene, a longtime member and former chair of the committee, was approved in a joint meeting of the select boards from Lanesborough and Williamstown and the six current members of the School Committee.
Brookner and the district's other two principals participated in a virtual meeting Thursday of the School Committee's Education Subcommittee, which held a joint session along with the school councils from Williamstown Elementary, Lanesborough Elementary and Mount Greylock Regional School.
In a vote of 3-1 at a special remote meeting of the panel, it followed up an 80-minute executive session to review the MOA with a vote that set the parameters for "remote learning" in the district during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Districts statewide are closed through at least May 4 by order of the governor. Last week, the commissioner of education advised school officials to implement remote learning plans to continue students' education during the closure.
The principals of Williamstown Elementary School and Mount Greylock Regional School on Thursday stepped forward to refute claims on social media regarding their respective decisions to step down from their current positions.
One key issue in deciding Tuesday's question: Does the School Committee want to pull the trigger and install lavatory fixtures in those public restrooms now or build the space and install the plumbing to allow for full restrooms down the road.