History of AVC

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The Assabet Valley Collaborative (AVC), an educational service agency located in Central Massachusetts, was established in 1976. An educational service agency is a regional public multiservice agency (not a private organization), authorized by state law to develop, manage and provide services or programs to local education agencies, such as public school districts. In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Education Collaboratives were formed by local school committees and charter boards under Chapter 40, Section 4E (1974). On 2 March 2012, Governor Deval Patrick signed into Session Law, Chapter 43 of the Acts of 2012: An Act Relative to Improving Accountability and Oversight of Education Collaboratives. The purpose of an educational collaborative is to supplement and strengthen the programs and services of member school committees and charter boards.

The purpose of our Collaborative is to provide:
  • Specialized education programs and services for students ages 3 to 22
  • Special education transportation services
  • Professional development, training and resource sharing
  • An array of consultative services
  • Cooperative purchasing/procurement services
  • Cost-effective responses to needs articulated by member districts
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