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McCann School's District Towns Getting Some Funds Back
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:52AM / Monday, July 31, 2017
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The McCann School Committee confirmed line item changes for the fiscal 2018 budget. The total, $9,340,159, remains the same.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Some towns in the Northern Berkshire Regional School District are going to see a little bit of relief in their assessments, and others will get turnbacks of transportation funds.
 
Superintendent James Brosnan told the McCann School Committee on Thursday that now that the state budget has passed, he has firmer numbers that will be relayed to the towns.
 
"Chapter 70 increased so I reduced the amount of money that we have in tuition so those two balance out because we cannot change the budget bottom line, it is how we get to it," he said. "So up in Chapter 70, down in tuition but up in the municipal minimum."  
 
The budget remains at $9,340,159 but it now accommodates a $4,560 Chapter 70 increase and a municipal minimum calculation formula increase of $2,229.
 
Brosnan said the assessments had to be recalculated and three communities will see a decrease in their original assessment and six will see a slight increase.
 
"The largest increase I think was $488 and the largest decrease ... was Adams. They were a little bit over $1,000," he said. "The range of increases was $488, $279, $211, $188, $185, $136 and $346. Those are all very doable numbers."
 
Brosnan said communities will also receive unspent transportation funds. He said there is nearly $48,000 to dish out.
 
Other than confirming the new budget numbers, the McCann School Committee's agenda was sparse.
 
Principal Justin Kratz gave a snapshot of enrollment and said he expects 112 seniors to return, 117 juniors and 141 sophomores.
 
A this point, he anticipates 120 freshmen attending McCann in September.
 
"Things are starting to filter in as the summer goes by," he said. "The numbers look good."
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