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Teachers, parents, elected officials give school panel a tongue-lashing

Members berated for way district events were handled

SHEFFIELD —Teachers, parents, and community members stood up and gave the  school committee members a tongue-lashing about the the recent events in the school district.

Michelle Shalaby, the chair of the New Marlborough select board,a parent of a child attending the Southern Berkshire Regional School District, began by saying that she wanted to present information for the school committee to consider during future sessions. “I’m here to comment publicly about some things that took place over the last week that I think might be relevant to your executive session. The New Marlborough Select Board sent a letter to the school committee, also last


night there was a roundtable with the superintendent [Regulbuto] that was attended by select board members and finance committee members from Sheffield, Alford, Monterey, and New Marlborough,” Shalaby said.

“I think what I would like to bring to everyone’s attention is our discussion about returning the Egremont School program to the Egremont school building,” Shalaby continued, “We got a little update on how that is proceeding. Both the letter from New Marlborough, as well as the unanimous opinion at the meeting last night that we were urging the school committee and the superintendent to return the children to the building after the renovations are complete and expert testing has been done, deeming the building safe.”

Referring to recent school committee meetings where the potential of legal action was discussed, Shalaby said, “We understand that there is some ongoing negotiation and that there is some concern about possible litigation based on such a decision. We all agreed that the safety of the children and a sensible approach to it is paramount,” she said.

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