Sen. Adam Hinds, D-Pittsfield, explains how the rural aid program came to be during an appearance two years ago at Wahconah Regional High School in Dalton. At right are Central Berkshire Regional School District Superintendent Laurie Casna; state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Jeffrey C. Riley; and Michael Buoniconti, then the superintendent of Mohawk Trail Regional School District. Photo: Terry Cowgill