SHELBURNE FALLS -- Massachusetts' rural school districts are caught in a spiraling fiscal crisis, according to a recent report. With rising fixed costs, dwindling state reimbursements and population flight, the districts are struggling.
State Sen. Adam Hinds, D-Pittsfield, will convene a public forum Monday at Mohawk Trail Regional High School to examine rural school funding issues and look for solutions.
Top leaders from the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will provide an overview of their report, released to the Legislature in January. Rep. Stephen Kulik (D-Worthington) and Sen. Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst) plan to join Hinds at the Shelburne Falls event. Mohawk Trail Superintendent Michael Buoniconti will outline fiscal hardships facing rural school districts.