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Rowe School Committee to vote Thursday on new supt.?

ROWE — The School Committee will discuss joining the Northern Berkshire School Union at its meeting Thursday night and may take a vote on joining that elementary school union for the fiscal year that begins in July.

The School Committee meeting will begin with a budget hearing at 6:30 p.m., and the discussion of joining the other school superintendency system is scheduled for 7 p.m., according to the agenda, which says: “Meeting with Northern Berkshire Union information and possible vote.”

Last fall, the School Committee invited Northern Berkshire School Union Superintendent Jonathan Lev to a meeting to discuss prospects for Rowe’s sharing superintendent services with three other elementary schools in Northern Berkshire County.

Lev runs grade schools serving Monroe, Clarksburg, Florida and Savoy.

The Rowe School Committee did not participate in contract negotiations with three-district school Superintendent Michael Buoniconti, who has since renewed his contract with the Mohawk and Hawlemont regional school districts.

The question of whether Buoniconti has too much control over the Rowe Elementary School has been a conversational undercurrent ever since Buoniconti decided not to renew former Rowe School Principal Robert Clancy’s contract in 2011. Clancy has since become principal of the Bernardston Elementary School, but the issue of the Clancy decision has driven a wedge between Buoniconti and some school committee members and town officials. The state requires public school districts to have an administrative framework, including a school superintendent, school business administrator and a special education director. Rowe has shared a central office team of administrators with Hawlemont and Mohawk for several decades.

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