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Mount Greylock School Committee Amends Budget to Preserve Music Instruction

After hearing from several teachers at the elementary and high school level who argued against the cut, the six members of the seven-person panel in attendance voted unanimously to restore about $6,000 to the $22.4 million gross operating budget for the three-school, PreK-12 district.

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McCandless Asks 5.7 Percent Increase for Pittsfield Schools

Superintendent Jason McCandless is asking for a $3.4 million increase to the school's budget. The large 5.7 percent increase comes as Gov. Charlie Baker has proposed a budget that gives the city $3.7 million more in Chapter 70 state aid for schools. The request comes with a number of new initiatives and positions which McCandless said will bolster specific areas the district has identified as problematic areas.

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Adams-Cheshire School Committee Approves 2020 Budget

The Adams-Cheshire Regional School Committee voted Monday to certify a fiscal 2020 budget of $20,099,487 that represents a 1.77 percent increase.

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Mount Greylock School Committee Prepares Fiscal 2020 Budget

The Mount Greylock Regional School District budget is tracking to deliver a 2.5 percent increase in its operating budget assessment to the town of Williamstown and a 2.2 percent hike to Lanesborough.

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Adams-Cheshire Considers $20M Budget for Fiscal 2020

A public hearing on the budget was held last week and the School Committee is expected to vote on the budget next week.

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Clarksburg Officials Ponder Adding Full-Time Officer

Police Chief Michael Williams presented his case to add the post at Wednesday's meeting, citing the need for more stable coverage, to address an increase in certain types of calls and to have a consistent backup for investigative and administrative services.

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Adams-Cheshire School Officials Prepare For Budget Hearing

Business Manager Erika Snyder gave the School Committee a brief overview Monday of a budget that represents a 1.8 percent increase over fiscal 2019's $19,750,146 spending plan.

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Williamstown Finance Committee Begins Review of FY20 Budget

The town manager is planning a fiscal 2020 budget that shows a 5 percent increase in general government expenses but which will have an impact of just 3.8 percent on the tax rate.

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McCann School Committee Endorses $9.6M Budget for Fiscal 2020

The committee members had few questions about what Superintendent James Brosnan referred to as "vanilla" fiscal 2020 budget that will increase by $220,769.

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Williamstown Looking at Hike in Transfer Station Sticker Prices

Hoch gave the board a broad strokes preview of the budget he will present to the town's Finance Committee. While there was good news on several fronts, the transfer station is a sour note.

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Pittsfield Expects Increased Revenues as Budget Process Begins

The city is expecting to have some $6.4 million more in revenue as it builds the fiscal year 2020 budget. The City Council and the School Committee held its annual meeting to discuss the fiscal state of the city Wednesday night. Director of Finance Matthew Kerwood particularly noted an upward trend in revenues from various sources that will go into the budget planning for next year.

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Governor's Proposed Budget Is Good News For Pittsfield Schools

The governor's proposed budget brings good news to the Pittsfield Public Schools. Gov. Charlie Baker released his proposed budget on Wednesday along with cherry sheets for local schools. As proposed, the city would see a $3.7 million increase in Chapter 70 aid for schools. That would make two consecutive years in which the district saw a significant boost in funding.

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North Adams Schools Will Hire Full-Time Business Administrator

The committee last week voted not to renew its contract with the North Berkshire School Union to share the services of its business manager. Rather, the school district will seek a full-time business administrator effective July 1.

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Clarksburg Select Board Moving Forward With Debt Exclusion

But board members also were in agreement that the voters should know the priorities for capital spending before the town meeting vote. They also voted to approve a cost-of-living raise across the board for town employees.

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