Berkshire Trail Elementary School in Cummington to close at end of school year

After a nearly four-hour meeting at Nessacus Regional Middle School, a divided Central Berkshire Regional School District School Committee on Thursday narrowly voted to close the school, which currently houses 74 students in pre-Kindergarten through Grade 5 and a staff of 18.

The majority of students who attend the school will be bused to Craneville Elementary School in Dalton starting next September.

The 8-6 vote followed presentations by Superintendent Robert Putnam and Business Administrator Melissa Falkowski, both of which painted the picture of a district in a serious financial bind. According to preliminary budget projects, the closure of Berkshire Trail will result in $700,000 in savings off the fiscal 2016 budget.

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