Peter Hechenbleikner and Alisa Brewer at last night's SB meeting
At last night's Select Board meeting, after confirming a new Town Manager, Chair Alisa Brewer brought up the school issue that has caused consternation over the past ten weeks and has now grown into a full fledged public relations nightmare.
School Committee member Vira Douangmany Cage issued Amherst and Pelham officials a vitriolic statement urging them to address the Aisha Hiza school stay away order as a social justice issue. And to remain silent is to endorse the injustice.
After a brief discussion the board asked Temporary Town Manager Pete Hechenbleikner to write up a response for their June 6th meeting although Ms. Brewer seemed to suggest a resolution of the matter may happen before then.
In response Mr. Hechenbleikner said, "Select Board is not privy to a lot of the details. If social injustice is being done then silence is not appropriate. I know more than the Select Board, and there’s no social injustice being done."
Aisha Hiza begs to differ:
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