Amherst Regional Public School Twitter account
One of the sillier ideas floated at last night's Amherst Regional School Committee meeting is to rely on Twitter as an official "repository" for questions and information dissemination concerning the controversial Regionalization effort expanding the current 7th - 12th grade four-town Region all the way down to Pre-K through 6th grade.
Yes, in this digital age two-thirds of Americans use Social Media but only about 16% are on Twitter. Facebook is still the king, with well over half of all Americans participating.
The Amherst Regional Public School Twitter account, with 261 followers, does not have a stellar following of parents/guardians considering the total enrollment at ARPS is 1,441 students -- over five times that. (And presumable a fair number of students have two parents or guardians.)
Maria Geryk does not have a Twitter account, but there is a parody account
And unlike Facebook, with Twitter there's a 140 character limit per tweet, which kind of limits complicated discussions. Although Twitter is absolutely awesome for breaking news.
Interestingly, one of the many complaints the Regional School Committee heard last night during "Public Comment" came from Janet McGowan concerning transparency and public outreach over this important, expensive endeavor, which one RSC hilltown member aptly described now as a "race to Town Meetings."