Assistant Superintendent Mike Morris presented to Town Meeting for Superintendent Maria Geryk who was sick
Amherst Town Meeting spent over an hour discussing the $22 million Elementary School Budget before overwhelmingly approving it, which is better attention than usual. But a little over half that time was spent on a last minute motion adding $30,000 (.00136%) for three library paraprofessionals.
Almost makes you wonder if the School Committee and administration does that on purpose as kind of a false flag operation to distract Town Meeting from talking about the real problems with our schools: declining enrollments due to Charter Schools and one of the highest average costs per student in the region.
Not to mention the Holy Grail issue of expanding the four-town Region all the way down to K-6th grade and the not terribly bright prospects of a $66 million new mega school replacing two aging elementary schools and majorly impacting a third.
Wag the dog anyone?