Bergeron said it is important to remember that the regional school district both exists to serve the towns and is also an extension of the towns in providing valuable educational services.
“West Newbury is us and we are West Newbury,” he said.
Ultimately, the board agreed to give Groveland and Merrimac 30 days to adopt a clause similar to the one in West Newbury’s lease, if they so choose.
According to Bergeron the next step in the lease process is “to have the School Committee vote to approve all the leases at one time during a public meeting and then have the chair of the School Committee sign them.”
Reading asked that Bergeron check with the state to make sure the documents aren’t in conflict with the regional agreement.
Wording in West Newbury’s lease pertaining to the Children’s Castle, a privately owned childcare center housed in a portion of Page School, still needs the board’s approval.