Bridge over troubled waters: Great Barrington town meeting supports budgets, CPA projects, fossil fuel divestment

The Town Meeting narrative: Dark doom filled the auditorium like the sky in Harry Potter. I checked my warrant and understood why: we were now entertaining the Finance Committee’s proposed bylaw to receive “regular and special reports and statements” about town and school district finances. The proposed bylaw was the by-product of a Mexican standoff between committee chair Sharon Gregory and the school district over her requests for detailed reports.

At Annual Town Meeting, Great Barrington overwhelmingly approves town, school budgets

Dave Long of Housatonic, an outspoken critic of last year’s Monument Mountain Regional High School renovation plan, and now an advocate for a systemic change to address the district’s financial and infrastructure issues, “implored everyone” to vote for the school budget. “If we start ripping apart the fabric of the schools, I think it could be disastrous,” he advised.