Rhodes, Rivkin top Amherst election
By DIANE LEDERMAN
AMHERST - Irvin E. Rhodes was the big winner in the School Committee race in Tuesday's Annual Town Election, with Steven G. Rivkin finishing second in a three-way race for two seats.
Megan D. Rosa a parent who said she was running to ensure students get the best education they can finished third.
Incumbents Elaine L. Brighty and Sonia Correa Pope did not seek re-election.
Rhodes has been on the Finance Committee and most recently served on the town's Facilitation for Community Choices Committee.
He has taught, been a school librarian, and assistant superintendent at the former Belchertown State School.
"I want to bring all that experience" to the committee, he said. Serving on those financial committees gave him an insight into the financial workings of the town budget and he believes that the overriding issue is the budget.
Rivkin is chairman of the economics department at Amherst College. He specializes in the economics of education.
Rivkin, along with current School Committee member Catherine A. Sanderson, co-founded the Amherst Committee for Excellence in 2007 in an attempt to ensure academic excellence for all children.
As a committee member he wants to ensure that all students are intellectually engaged.
And he also wants "to bring a sense of open debate and discussion (at School Committee meetings) to focus on data and evidence . . . and most of all to focus on the children."
Rhodes Tuesday night credited his committee for helping him win the seat. "I'm ready," he said. "I'm so ready."
*Irvin E. Rhodes 1,564
*Steven G. Rivkin 1,240
Megan D. Rosa 890
My Goal in Blogging
I started this blog in May of 2008, shortly after my election to the School Committee, because I believed it was very important to both provide the community with an opportunity to share their thoughts with me about our schools and to provide me with an opportunity for me to ask questions and share my thoughts and reasoning. I have found the conversation generated on my blog to be extremely helpful to me in learning community views on many issues. I appreciate the many people who have taken the time to share their views. I believe it is critical to the quality of our public schools to have a public discussion of our community priorities, concerns and aspirations.