CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The Select Board held a brief meeting on Tuesday morning to give final approval to a bid contract and the language for the town administrator posting.
The board had determined at its meeting two weeks ago to post for the position left vacant by the resignation of Carl McKinney and to set up a search committee.
However, the advertisement for the job had been delayed about a week. Tuesday, Chairman Ronald Boucher and Select Board member Jeffrey Levanos gave the OK to some slight modifications suggested by absent member Danielle Luchi.
They also approved sweetening the job slightly by raising the maximum salary up to $55,000. Levanos asked if extra $5,000 was available and Boucher said he believed there were some places that could be tapped.
"I have a couple of people already sending resumes," he said. "And I think there's a few more that are interested."
The job will be posted with the Massachusetts Municipal Association and locally.
The search committee is comprised of Town Accountant Donna Estes, Town Treasurer Ericka Oleson, Administrative Assistant Deb Choquette, Planning Board member Erin Scott and Finance Committee member James Stakenas.
The board also confirmed a bid contract of $25,450 from Barile Environmental to remove asbestos from around the school building's furnaces. There had been some questions raised about the scope within the bid but Boucher said he had spoken with Barile and was confident everything was covered within the contract.
The company is expected to take two to three days to remove the asbestos, which will allow the new boilers to be installed. Climate Heating & Cooling won the boiler bid at $107,222 but Boucher said that figure may come in lower.
A company representative rescoped the work, he said, and "might be able to save us some money because we might not need as big of a unit as he originally thought. So that could be savings there."
"But that ball is rolling, we want to let everyone know, because we have the asbestos abatement," Boucher said. "And then we want to make sure as soon as that's done, we can follow through and get the boilers in."
The board also agreed it would set the date for a special town meeting on the school district merger with Stamford, Vt., at its next meeting on July 10. Levanos and Boucher had initially thought they could wait to the end of July but Superintendent of Schools John Franzoni said the merger committee would like to approach the states for more funding as soon as possible.
Stamford is holding its special town meeting on Monday; if the proposal passes, the Clarksburg board will set a meeting, if not, the board will file that agenda item.
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Clarksburg Officials Feel More Discussion Needed on Merger
By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The Interstate Merger Committee has hired Public Consulting Group to lead it through the next steps toward a merger between Clarksburg and Stamford (Vt.) Schools.
However, the Clarksburg contingent feels more discussion is needed on the merits of a merger between the two small elementary schools.
Superintendent John Franzoni filled the School Committee in last week about the selection of PCG, which had done the initial study of the schools that was presented to the towns. Based on that research, the adjoining towns both voted to continue the process to determine how such a merger would work and what legal processes would be necessary.
There had been only two bids for the request for proposals for a coordinator to develop a plan of action and liaison with state and federal officials. The second was the local Berkshire Educational Consulting Group, lead by Howard "Jake" Eberwein III and William Ballen, longtime educators and administrators in the region.
The School Committee voted for the two-week block on Thursday to ensure the school will be vacant for construction on the new secure entrance. That means students will have both the Monday and Tuesday before Christmas and will also have Jan. 2 and 3 off as well.
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