As expected, the town's Finance Committee on Wednesday approved a letter advising the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee but only after one Fin Comm member, Dan Caplinger,suggested the letter could be seen as "condescending" and "patronizing" by the recipients.

On a vote of 7-1, the panel decided to send the letter to the School Committee asking that the latter continue "retaining at least $1.5 million [of the Williams College capital gift] as a capital improvement reserve."

The two-page letter discusses the importance of "planning for future eventualities" and reminds the School Committee of the "best practices" for maintenance and capital planning from the Massachusetts School Building Authority, which helped fund the recent renovation/addition project at the middle-high school. And it talks about the challenging fiscal environment for public entities in Massachusetts due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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