"Rural Sparsity Aid" for Adams Cheshire Public Schools & Fully Fund Transportation Costs
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We need our state officials to act now to stop any further cuts and help the Adams Cheshire Regional School District increase per pupil spending. Right now, after many cuts, the per pupil spending is close to the lowest in the state and the district does not have enough teachers and other vital staffing. The Adams Cheshire Schools are yet again closing another school. This is tumultuous and upsetting for the community. Our newly elected state Senator Adam Hinds stated in his agenda that he will be "fighting for rural sparsity aid for our schools." He also wants the state to "fully reimburse regional transportation costs." We need him and other state officials, including Gailanne Cariddi, to act legislatively on these measures now and make them a reality. Let's see a timeline of these measures being enacted and the specifics. We have not seen a bill for this sponsored nor co-sponsored. Please make this happen now. Unlike other rural districts who are struggling financially, Adams Cheshire schools are competing with three other schools that have more funds and they spend more per pupil; significantly more. These schools are: the parochial school, Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School and Charles H. McCann Technical School. Adams Cheshire has faced so many cuts over the years and only spends $13,000 per pupil. Some districts in the county are spending $5,000 more than this. Additionally, the district currently does not have an adequate number of teachers and classroom aides. Many of our students are facing entrenched poverty and need additional supports. Meanwhile, the per pupil spending in this district is lower than most schools in Berkshire county and the state. Adams has the highest tax rate in the county and that is still not enough to fund the schools as the town's property values are low. Thirty percent of the town's population is elderly and many are on fixed incomes. It is a crisis as roughly 70% of the school's budget is based on property tax. The town of Adams and the county as a whole continues to see a shrinking tax base as people are leaving to find jobs. These are some of the unique problems this district faces. Our children in the Adams Cheshire School deserve the same level of education as the rest of the students in the county and the state. Please sign this petition and share it to support our children. As a parent and taxpayer in Adams, I can't think of a more important issue.
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