By NICK GRABBE
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Here's a story about the regionalization report, which will be presented soon. Although I haven't read the report yet, I certainly would support a K to 12 regional school district, since the current system really works against vertical alignment K to 12 and clearly increases administrative complexity (and cost). However, my understanding is that the small towns would likely oppose regionalization, out of a desire to maintain autonomy over their schools, and creating a K to 12 regional system requires a vote not only by each SC, but also by town meeting in each town. I find it unfortunate that both Andy Churchill and Farshid Hajir oppose the Amherst School Committee's simple request to get legal advice on our options involving the Union 26 agreement -- it seems kind of ironic that Farshid is concerned about the small town's loss of autonomy if regionalization occurs, yet he opposes a large town's desire to explore the potential of greater autonomy?
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.