Vol. IV No. 18 9/1/2023
From the Desk of Superintendent Peter Dillon Berkshire Hills Regional School District (BHRSD)
The summer has been busy running our summer programs, getting ready for school, and supporting pre-season athletes.
We've also spent a lot of time and effort finalizing the draft regional school agreement created by the Regional School District Planning Board, which has 3 members from each of the 8 towns: Alford, Egremont, Great Barrington, Monterey, New Marlboro, Sheffield, Stockbridge, and West Stockbridge. As you may recall, that group has been meeting for 3 years to explore if it would be advantageous to work together. They recommended merging the two school districts and creating a shared high school on the Monument campus.
Last night, select board and finance committee members for all eight towns met to hear and discuss that possibility. The 8 towns are also tentatively holding October 23 as a date for special town meetings.
The work to analyze the impact of the merger is thorough and quite detailed. I urge you to look at the updated website https://8towns.org/ and do some research.
As always, feel free to reach out to me with any questions --Peter.Dillon@bhrsd.org
For future updates, I'll share some details on our new staff, a farm to school grant from the USDA, and the high school project.
Photo: Joan Gallos