DALTON, Mass. — Nearly 75 percent of those voting in the Central Berkshire Regional School District on Saturday cast ballots to move the district forward in the process of renovating or replacing Wahconah Regional High School.
The question was whether the district should spend $850,000 on a feasibility study to look at options for the 56-year-old school.
The Massachusetts School Building Authority will reimburse the district for between 50 and 54 percent of the cost of the feasibility study, according to district officials. The same reimbursement rate from MSBA would apply if and when the district decides to move forward with any building project.
On Saturday, 1,761 voters turned out to decide on the feasibility study, and the margin was 1,313-448 in favor.
The question passed by overwhelming margins in five of the district's seven towns.
Only Cummington voted against the study, by a margin of 48-22. In Peru, it was a dead heat, 65-65.
In each of the other towns, the question passed by at least a 2-to-1 ratio.
In Dalton, the district's largest town and home of the high school, the vote was 774-178.
In the other four towns where the question passed, the margins were: Becket, 108-38; Hinsdale, 171-83; Washington, 80-12; and Windsor, 93-24.
The Wahconah Building Project Committee is scheduled to meet Wednesday at 4:30 to discuss next steps in the process.
During the feasibility stage, which is directed by the MSBA, districts engage with architects and engineers for up to 18 months to look at options for building, which officials say is deteriorating, outdated and inadequate to meet the needs of a 21st century high school.
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Berkshire Money Management Donates To Foster Families
Dalton, Mass. — Berkshire Money Management dedicates $5,000 for foster family care packages.
To assist foster families during the COVID-19 era, a group of community members fueled by local business sponsors, including Berkshire Money Management, have created and distributed care packages for more than 200 area foster families.
Each family received a gift bag with children's masks sewn by members of the community, school and art supplies, and a gift card to a local restaurant or grocery store, including Smokey Diva's and Wohrle's Foods in Pittsfield.
"I know so many foster families in the Berkshires who have opened their whole lives to vulnerable kids who are in need of supportive and loving homes," Nichole Dupont, BMM's community development director said. "So much extra pressure has been placed on these families as area schools and childcare centers have closed. We really want to encourage other businesses and organizations to look at the many unsung heroes in our community and show support in whatever ways they can."
On Friday morning, the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association released the sport-specific modifications that on Thursday unanimously were approved by the association’s COVID-19 Task Force. click for more
The MIAA Board of Directors Wednesday morning approved a plan that moves football and other sports the commonwealth considers at a high-risk for COVID-19 transmission to a newly created Fall II season that will be wedged between the winter and spring. click for more
Wahconah had opted to delay graduation exercises until it was considered safe enough to bring everyone together — a gathering that was still limited because of the novel coronavirus. Everyone wore masks, stayed in their respective "pods" outlined on the field, and stayed 6 feet apart. click for more