Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is to expand immediately the Mohawk Trail Regional School District to a kindergarten through grade twelve regional school district, therefore it is hereby declared to be a public emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public convenience.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
Notwithstanding the provisions of the Mohawk Trail regional school district agreement or any general or special law to the contrary, said district shall be expanded to a kindergarten through grade twelve regional school district encompassing the towns of Ashfield, Buckland, Colrain, Heath, Plainfield, and Shelburne and shall operate according to the regional school agreement voted upon prior to July first, nineteen hundred and ninety-three by said towns except where this legislation expressly grants exemptions. Said towns shall receive additional state aid pursuant to section sixteen D of chapter seventy-one of the General Laws. The Hawlemont Regional School District shall remain a kindergarten through grade six regional school district encompassing the towns of Charlemont and Hawley operating under their existing regional school agreement. The towns of Charlemont and Hawley shall be members of the expanded Mohawk Trail Regional School District only for grades seven through twelve and shall not incur any additional costs as a result of the expansion of the Mohawk Trail Regional School District pursuant to this act. The towns of Charlemont and Hawley shall not be eligible for any increase in additional state aid for grades kindergarten through six pursuant to said section sixteen D of said chapter seventy-one as a result of the expansion of the Mohawk Trail Regional School District pursuant to this act. The towns of Charlemont and Hawley shall be exempt from that portion of any capital expenditure, operating expenditure or debt incurred by grades kindergarten through six, inclusive, within the expanded Mohawk Trail Regional School District.
The Ashfield-Plainfield Elementary Regional School District, the Buckland-Colrain-Shelburne Regional School District and Union 65 shall thereby be dissolved upon the formation of the Mohawk Trail Kindergarten Through Twelve Regional School District.
The rights of the town of Rowe will be guaranteed as per the Mohawk Trail regional school district agreement in effect prior to this act.