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North Adams School Committee OKs Funds for School Study, Passes Budget

The School Committee on Monday authorized the use of $300,000 from the school choice account to fund a feasibility study for Brayton School.

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Pittsfield City Council OKs $67M School District Budget Appropriation

The City Council on Monday night passed a $67,311,700 appropriation for the fiscal 2022 school budget in an 8-1 vote with only Ward 7 Councilor Anthony Maffuccio opposed.

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Pittsfield Planning Graduations; School Committee OKs $68M Budget

With the state set to relax COVID-19 restrictions in May, this year's class will get the traditional ceremonial send off albeit with some modifications.

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Lenox School Committee Approves Budget, Sees Partial Return to In Person

The committee approved a revised budget proposal for the fiscal 2022, representing a compromise reduction of almost a quarter-million dollars from an earlier version brought forward in March.

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Hoosac Valley Presents Proposed $20.3M Budget for FY22

Superintendent Aaron Dean and Business Manager Erika Snyder said spending plan has a small increase of 1.21 percent, or a $243,603 increase, over this fiscal year.

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Clarksburg School Officials Propose Budget for Prekindergarten

School officials are hoping to work out a solution with the attached public library for space and have budgeted $51,144 for a prekindergarten teacher and teaching assistant. The balance of the $101,000 would cover other essentials such as insurance, supplies and other needs but not necessarily any renovations required.

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Williamstown Finance Committee Hears from Mount Greylock Officials

Mount Greylock Superintendent Jason McCandless and Business Manager Joe Bergeron met virtually with the town panel not to discuss specifics of the FY22 budget the district is formulating but to discuss some of the inputs that help build that budget.

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North Adams Eyeing Federal Relief Funds to Support School Programs

The superintendent said the district leadership team was making plans on how to implement in-person learning and where to strategically allocate resources.

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Hoosac Valley Regional Looking at Three Budget Scenarios

Members of the Selectmen's budget subcommittee met with school leaders Wednesday to begin early talks on the fiscal 2022 education budget.

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McCann School Committee Passes Fiscal 2022 Budget

Superintendent James Brosnan presented the fiscal 2022 budget Thursday night that has increased nearly $270,000 over this year's $10,038,602 spending plan.

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North Adams School Committee Votes to Keep Adjustment Counselor

The committee OK'd a level-funded budget of $17,769,075 on a vote of 5-2 with members Tara Jacobs and Ian Bergeron voting against because of concerns that the budget did not address what they felt were deficiencies in the arts and special education.

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North Adams Moving Forward on Level-Funded Budget

This week, the news isn't quite so awful with the state committed to level-funding aid through at least the first two months of fiscal 2021. But the district isn't out of the woods yet, Superintendent Barbara Malkas told the committee on Tuesday.

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Pittsfield Schools Leadership Hopeful For Budget Approval

Superintendent Jason Mccandless told the School Committee on Wednesday that he is hoping the contentious $64.4 million school budget clears the City Council's final vote but a 1/12th budget is being prepared.

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Pittsfield School Committee Make No Changes to Budget

Last week, the City Council had preliminarily approved the entire fiscal 2021 budget except for the $64.4 million school plan that they tossed back to the School Committee for another look. Councilors had expressed concern that the school budget was too tight.

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North Adams, Pittsfield Educators Rally for School Funding

Educators and supporters in the county's two cities rallied on Monday for more educational funding even as school officials prepare for budget scenarios that could cost dozens of teaching positions and school closures.

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Pittsfield School Budget Tabled After Technical Issues

The City Council on Thursday tabled the Pittsfield Public Schools fiscal 2021 budget of $64,493,70 at the conclusion of a four-hour-plus hearing after some technical difficulties brought the meeting to a grinding halt.

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North Adams Schools Mull Reconfiguration, Closure Scenarios

School officials are bracing for a worst-case budget scenario that could mean the closure of one of the three elementary schools. At minimum, the district is anticipating reductions in positions. There's also the possibility of the reconfiguration of Brayton and Greylock schools.

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North Adams Schools Preparing for Dire Budget Cuts

The School Department is preparing three scenarios for budget reductions in anticipation of expected cuts in state education aid because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Pittsfield School Committee Accepts Fiscal 2021 Budget

he School Committee has accepted a fiscal 2021 budget that is level funded at $65,113,700 but fears further reductions in Chapter 70 could cause more cuts.

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Pittsfield School Budget Anticipates $1.4M in Cuts

School administrators on Wednesday outlined one vision of a level-funded budget that could eliminate just under 30 positions.

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Clarksburg Holding Off on School Choice Decisions

The School Committee is holding off on approving school choice slots for this coming fall because of the uncertainty of what the school year will look like.

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Pittsfield School Committee Sees Level-Funded Budget

Last week, administrators came before the School Committee empty handed because with the COVID-19 pandemic essentially resetting the state budget, they had little context to build their own budget.

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Pittsfield School Committee Without Draft Budget

The School Committee agreed Wednesday to, if possible, continue an upcoming budget hearing allowing more time to find possible solutions for looming deadlines.

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North Adams Schools Preparing Alternative Budget Plans

A preliminary budget with a 1.5 percent increase to maintain level services had already been presented. That's now off the table as schools are shuttered until at least May 4 if not longer and Beacon Hill had barely made headway with the fiscal 2021 spending plan before the spreading novel coronavirus put everyone on an emergency footing.

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Hoosac Valley May Eliminate 22 Positions to Keep Level Budget

The $20,100,111 spending plan presented Monday by Superintendent Aaron Dean represents only a $625 increase over fiscal 2020.

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