Alisa Brewer (right) gives SB update report on Regional School District Planning Board
It's not often you see one bureaucracy asking another much bigger bureaucracy in writing to provide mid-course feedback about whether they are on the correct heading. Almost a private sector kind of thing, to avoid wasting everyones' valuable time.
But it does kind of indicate how this proposed "hybrid" school region is a last minute development. The main difference in creating a new region (the old idea) vs simply modifying the current regional agreement (the new idea) is that Amherst -- 88% of the region -- will vote on this at an annual Town Meeting rather than a direct ballot vote of the people.
Leverett, Pelham and Shutesbury -- since they do not have a representative Town Meeting -- would vote either concept via their open Town Meetings.
But in Amherst it makes a BIG difference. Which is all fine, if you trust Amherst Town Meeting.