Brenda Olivieri alleges that Southern Berkshire Regional School District Superintendent Beth Regulbuto has “created a culture of fear and intimidation,” resulting in retaliatory action against her “for reporting unlawful conduct.”
In a letter to the editor David Hastings writes: “Serving as the Superintendent, I found both Bonnie and Dennis to be very demanding and nearly always right, making sure that our children got only the best.”
The School Committee has insisted the Monterey and Egremont schools were not closed, but that their operations were temporarily suspended or put “on hiatus.” But others see the busing policy as a tactic to cripple enrollment at New Marlborough Central in order to close it.
Monterey’s “future probably lies in leaving the district,” not only because of the town’s dissatisfaction with Southern Berkshire but because 46 percent of the town’s students are choicing out to other districts anyway.
— Kenn Basler, chair of Monterey Board of Selectmen
The complaint further asks the court to consider the School Committee’s action to be a “material breach” and to grant the town the authority to enter into “tuition agreements with another district or districts.”
“We are punished over high stakes tests that do not augment our kids’ educations but only give the state more control over local funds. This is all about power and the market forces at play with high stakes testing companies, forces that did not exist before No Child Left Behind .”
— Maria Rundle, Southern Berkshire Regional School Committee member and mother of three students in the New Marlborough Elementary School
The Monterey School is one of three one-room schoolhouses remaining in Massachusetts: “It’s really simple. This is not a political decision, or even financial. It’s purely an educational decision.”
— Carl Stewart, chairman of the Southern Berkshire Regional School Committee, on the proposed closing of the Monterey Village School.
Sheffield — Special town meeting dates are set for each of the five towns in the Southern Berkshire Regional School District to vote on spending up to $7.7 million for the replacement of Mt. Everett Regional High School’s 23-year-old leaky roof and failing boilers, projects that will be eased by sizable state reimbursements. If one
Selectboards of all three towns in the district must first agree to form the committee to amend the district agreement before going any further in the amendment process. West Stockbridge is to vote on the matter at their meeting next week. And it is not certain that all three towns will agree to the process.
Superintendent David Hastings noted that of all the Accelerated Repair Program projects accepted by the MSBA Monday, “our project is the largest, by far…” and that reimbursement rates are based on a host of variables that include “the relative wealth of the towns…”
“The notion that is pushed widely in Boston is regionalization and schools working together. The only concrete thing the state has to do is provide transportation, then they pull the rug out, even though they say they care about this.”