Superintendent Maria Geryk gets into testy exchange with a parent
The reorganization of the entire Amherst elementary public education program for at least the next 50 years drew a limited audience yesterday afternoon, at most a dozen-and-a-half concerned parents.
Maybe because, as school officials seem to think, busy parents are not paying attention; or maybe because they feel their input is only so much blah, blah, blah that allows school officials to check off a box in their search for state reimbursement.
For instance in response to my question about what happens if the School Committee votes "No" to the administration's wish for a new Mega-School to replace both Wildwood and Fort River, Assistant Superintendent Mike Morris said he would lock himself in his office the next day to come up with another plan.
Which of course means that going into the November 3rd School Committee meeting school administrators do not have a Plan B.
Another parent poninted out that no figures have been presented to show what it would cost simply to renovate or replace Wildwood. After all the endeavor is called, "Wildwood School Building Project".
Thus the School Committee is voting on the prefered option without facts and figures related to any of the other options. In other words a stacked deck.
If you're a betting person and want a really safe bet ... put your money on the Amherst School Committee voting yes to the "Education Plan" that requires a $20 million Debt Exclusion Override, or a $200/year increase in taxes on a median Amherst home for thirty years.
Whether the taxpayers of this town pass that Override question at the ballot box, however, is not nearly so certain.
Lead architect has good taste in musicals at least