The first selectman was given the authority to continue to negotiate and enter into a more formal agreement with the schools regarding use of space at Hurlbutt Elementary School for the Senior Center, as long as there are “no substantial changes” from the current memorandum of understanding.
The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously on Thursday, June 20, to grant the first selectman this authority.
There will be some changes to the agreement between the school board and the town that were agreed upon during the last budget process, namely that the town will take over responsibility for cleaning, heating, and electrical costs for the space it uses at the elementary school.
Until now, the school district had been paying these operating costs.
The current understanding grants the Senior Center the use of all classroom, office, hallway, and storage areas in Hurlbutt’s South House below the hallway stairs.
In addition, the Senior Center has use of the multi-purpose room in South House any time the school is not using it. This past school year, physical education classes were not regularly scheduled in the multi-purpose room during the day.
The current memorandum of understanding requires any permanent alterations to the space to be approved by the school board.
The district is responsible for emergency repairs and snow removal in the parking lot and the sidewalks, and it provides electronic security monitoring of the space during off-hours.
Ms. Weinstein said Colleen Palmer, superintendent of schools, has agreed to renew through the end of the summer the basics of the current memorandum of understanding, which the town and district entered into in August 2012. The memorandum expires July 1.
By the end of the summer, Ms. Weinstein added, the superintendent has said she would like a “more formal agreement.”
Selectmen Dennis Tracey and David Muller made it clear the first selectman would only have to come back for their approval if there were “material changes” made to the agreement.