The Amherst Pelham Regional School Committee voted on Tuesday to continue the mission of the Regional School District Planning Board by agreeing to explore amending the 50+ year old Regional Agreement to allow the current 7-12 Region to extend all the way down to pre-Kindergarten, with only three of the current four towns aboard (Amherst, Leverett and Pelham).
That new agreement, however, would leave open the possibility of Shutesbury joining at the elementary level sometime in the future.
The state recently agreed that such a "hybrid" Region would be acceptable.
The Regional School Committee also appointed all 12 members of the RSDPB to act as their sub-committee to formulate the necessary change in the Regional Agreement. If that draft document is then supported by a two-thirds vote of the Regional School Committee the agreement would go to all four Town Meetings in the fall for approval, but would require unanimous support of all four towns.
The major stumbling block for approval in Amherst will be the touchy "governance" issue. Amherst makes up 88% of the Region yet the new 9 member Regional School Committee will, apparently, consist of 2 members each from Leverett and Pelham and 5 from Amherst.
That barely gives Amherst a majority stake at 55.5% of the vote.
Or what you might call, "fuzzy math."