The Warwick Transition Process
Spring 2022 Update
In the spring of 2020, Warwick residents voted at Town Meeting, in accordance with the process outlined in the Regional District Agreement, to withdraw from Pioneer Valley Regional School District and create their own town-based district.
The new district will educate students in the elementary grades at the Warwick Community School and will have a tuition agreement with PVRSD that will enable older students to attend Pioneer Valley Regional School.
The Warwick Transition Subcommittee has collaborated with colleagues in Warwick for two years to develop a Transition Agreement that would facilitate the town’s withdrawal from PVRSD. The PVRSD School Committee will need to approve the final Transition Agreement.
Over the past three months, the two parties (PVRSD and Warwick) have revitalized the transition process by affirming shared values, meeting regularly, and making steady progress on the draft Transition Agreement.
There have been multiple iterations of this draft Transition Agreement. We now have a single working document that reflects initial feedback from PVRSD, Warwick, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), and a consultant from MARS (MA Association of Regional Schools).
In addition, both parties have been in ongoing communication with DESE; see below for correspondence with the state.