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Virtual school and Greenfield schools consider 30-day transitional agreement

GREENFIELD — The Massachusetts Virtual Academy at Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School is moving out on its own, and officials will work out an exit plan with the School Committee Thursday.

Greenfield Public Schools has provided the Virtual School with administrative support since the Virtual School became autonomous last July. Compensation for services was outlined in a memorandum of understanding, which expired today after the Virtual School gave 90 days notice that it sought to take over its own administrative duties.

To make for a smooth transition, a 30-day agreement was proposed.

The Virtual School presented the School Committee with a new memorandum of understanding to use for the month of March. The committee decided Friday to make a few amendments to the agreement, so that the school department would not have to take on extra duties. The amended agreement will be sent to the virtual school for approval.

The virtual school may accept the agreement, decline it outright, or negotiate a new one. Until that happens, however, there is no contract between the two entities.

Without an agreement, the school department will not be required to provide administrative support going forward. It will, however, still be responsible for providing the Virtual School with its records, and handle payments and billing for any transactions that were still pending up until Friday.

School Committee members agreed that the department should make every effort to ensure that the transition goes smoothly.

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