Two quick things to post.
First, I want to thank all of those who have sent kind words via email/text/phone throughout the day. I appreciate hearing from many friends ... and also from those who I didn't even know were supporting me who understood my decision and expressed appreciation for my efforts. I really, really appreciate it. And don't worry: I'm doing OK!
Second, there is a bit of an expanded article from the Gazette on my decision: http://gazettenet.com/2011/02/09/maria-geryk-considers-superintendent-contract-offer-amherst-scho.
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.