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Clarksburg, Stamford Officials Holding School Merger Update

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CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The Interstate Merger Committee and Clarksburg and Stamford, Vt., officials will hold an update Thursday at 6  p.m. on the proposed school merger. 
This joint town meeting will be conducted differently than previous meetings.. Because of the novel coronavirus pandemic, the meeting will be held remotely by phone and video. 
Community members will have to dial in to be able to listen and ask questions. 
The school merger proposal goes back several years and arose from a Vermont law that forced school districts to combine to streamline governance and finances. Stamford, on the Massachusetts border, would had been put with school farther away than Pittsfield's Allendale Elementary. 
The school directors looked south at the invitation of Clarksburg officials. With grants from both states and authorization from town meetings, the Interstate School Merger Committee hire Public Consulting Group of Boston to study the two districts and provide an outline of what would be required to merge. 
Since then, the merger committee, with further approvals from town meetings, rehired PCG to do the Phase II report that will be presented on Thursday. 
Clarksburg and Stamford residents can join by phone at 1-844-531-9388 (Access code: 218 610 045), or via through their computer here with the password PzqqDEgz346.

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Clarksburg Finance Committee Recommends $4.6M Budget

By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The Finance Committee on Monday voted to recommend a $4.6 million spending plan for fiscal 2021.
The total amount of $4,569,877 includes the town's operating budget, the Clarksburg School budget and the assessment to McCann Technical School.
The Select Board is expected to review the budget at its next meeting. 
The figures are mostly set but the committee did make some updates on Monday, including the information technology budget and a school line item. The meeting was held by teleconference as Town Hall is still closed. 
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