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Southern Berkshire School Committee prepares to approve proposed 2021 budget

Southern Berkshire Regional School District school committee members Bonnie Silvers and Dennis Sears during the board’s March 5 meeting. Photo by Ted Remsnyder.

SHEFFIELD — The proposed 2021 fiscal year Southern Berkshire Regional School District budget includes a 1.47-percent spending increase over last year’s while maintaining district staffing levels and educational programs.

During the School Committee’s public hearing on Thursday, March 5, Southern Berkshire Regional School District Superintendent Beth Regulbuto presented the proposed $17,541,564 budget to the committee and public.

The district’s Finance Subcommittee has already approved the plan, while the school committee is expected to pass the proposed budget at its meeting on March 12.

If the school committee votes to approve the proposed budget, it would then be sent to voters in Alford, Egremont, Monterey, New Marlborough and Sheffield, giving taxpayers in those member towns the opportunity to register their opinions about the spending plan.

Registered voters in at least four out of the five towns have to approve the proposed budget at the annual town meetings in May for the budget to pass.

If two or more towns reject the spending proposal, it will be sent back to the School Committee and the district will have to either resubmit it or make cuts to the original proposal in advance of a second vote by residents.

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