The Hoosac Valley Regional School District is poised to lay off 20 classroom educators before the new school year begins by September.

The district's School Committee, representing Adams and Cheshire, has adopted a $20.1 million budget for fiscal 2021. Approval of the budget plan, which was filed last month, came during a virtual meeting on March 23.

The nearly level-funded spending plan covers a $480,000 shortfall by letting go 18 paraprofessionals, spread out among the high, middle and elementary school grades. When Dean unveiled the proposed budget a month ago, he said the paraprofessional cutbacks are due to fewer special education students, especially at the middle and high school levels.

The Berkshire Eagle  has all the details.