December 2, 2020

Ware Selectboard questions school transportation expenses during pandemic

WARE — The Selectboard wants more information before approving school transportation bills that may not reflect actual services rendered during the coronavirus pandemic.

The bills relate to the end of the last school year, after schools across the state were closed in response to COVID-19. The amount is said to be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, but a specific amount was not available.

The Selectboard voted unanimously to table the matter until its Oct. 20 meeting. In a statement to The Republican on Thursday, Town Manager Stuart Beckley said the Selectboard “asked the School district to lay those numbers out in a spreadsheet.”

“We are not just rubber stamping these bills,” Chairman Alan Whitney said at Tuesday’s meeting.

“I’ve got questions about the bills, and I’ve got a lot of questions about the process,” he said.

School Committee member Chris Desjardins said Tuesday the Selectboard’s approval would allows

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