Alford voters reject school budget in symbolic gesture

(Hannah Shirley) Voters at the Alford annual town meeting sent critical message to the Southern Berkshire School Committee dealing with the proposed budget.

ALFORD — Select board member Peggy Rae Hendon-Wilson said she hoped that voters’ symbolic rejection of the Southern Berkshire Regional School District budget would send a clear message to the district: something has to give.

“We have always supported you. You could not find a town which has been more supportive,” Hendon-Wilson said, addressing the district’s superintendent Beth Regulbuto. “For us to not pass this budget, there’s a problem.”

The final vote was 16-19. The vote came after the Alford Select Board and finance committee recommended residents against passing the budget as a way to express their desire for more financial restraint from the district in coming years.

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