This is an article that appeared in the Gazette last fall, and I didn't post it on my blog at the time -- but as I've been thinking more about the unique Union 26 arrangement (in which Amherst and Pelham each have an equal vote about the superintendent), I thought this article would help educate my readers about some of the complexities of this relationship. This article notes that as of this year, Pelham has only 76 elementary school students living in their town, and thus is entirely dependent on school choice students for continuing to operate (and it is pretty clear that Amherst is the likely source of many of these students, at $5,000 per student).
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.