South Egremont School will not open for first day of classes due to district concerns over lead paint

SHEFFIELD — The South Egremont Village School won’t be open for the first day of classes on Aug. 29 due to the Southern Berkshire Regional School District’s safety concerns over the possible presence of lead in the historic building.

The school is still slated to host an early-kindergarten and kindergarten program during the 2018-2019 school year, but anywhere from 10 to a possible 16 enrolled students — aged four to five years old — who are enrolled in the program will be educated instead at Undermountain Elementary until such time as the Egremont school is deemed safe and suitable for occupancy by the district, according to Southern Berkshire Regional School District Superintendent Beth Regulbuto.

“Because it is a week before school is opening and the certificate of occupancy has not been officially submitted yet, I had to make a call,” Regulbuto said Wednesday.

The class will remain together and be taught by the South Egremont school program’s teacher Sarah Cooke. Students will be transported according to the district’s transportation policy, Regulbuto said.

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