UPDATE: Thursday morning. School Superintendent Maria Geryk confirmed this story and said an official statement would be forthcoming "soon", perhaps by close of business Friday.
Maria Geryk Superintendent, Rick Hood Regional School Chair BCG meeting today
Beth Graham, Director of Curriculum and Instruction and member of the $85K club along with 20 other ARPS administrators, is no longer employed in the Amherst School system.
Ms Graham only started working for the Amherst schools on July 1, 2010 and was hired away from Pioneer Valley Performing Arts School, a competitor that has siphoned more students from Amherst than any other Charter school in the region.
Assistant principal Susan Kennedy Marx sent a memo today to parents saying she had been told by Superintendent Maria Geryk that she would now be serving in central office and is no longer assistant principal at Fort River.
Amherst has one of the highest average administrator costs in the region at $697 per student vs. state average of $446, so perhaps Superintendent Geryk plans to leave one of these vacated position open.
The Amherst Schools have been in disarray of late: Fort River Principal Ray Sharick resigned suddenly last year, Regional Middle School Principal Michael Hayes announced a few weeks ago that he was taking a one year leave of absence to spend more time with his children, and Amherst Regional High School Athletic Director Karen Keough-Huff resigned her $86,237 job four months ago for "personal reasons."
Ms Graham was supposed to tweak the math program. 2011 MCAS scores, however, were disappointing