Wildwood started out a single school renovation but turned into "reconfiguration" with a 2-schools-in-one $65 million new building
UPDATE Sunday night: As Fox News would say "breaking news". The Regional School Committee meeting for Monday night has been cancelled. Things are getting curiouser and curiouser.
On Monday night a potentially earth shaking Regional School Committee meets for their "retreat" at ornate Valentine Hall while a couple hundred yards away the Amherst Select Board will also take up discussion of another somewhat historic school related issue, whether to place a $30+ million Debt Exclusion Override on the November 8th ballot for the construction of the $65 million Mega School.
This would be only the second time in history an Override question has gone to the voters prior to a Town Meeting vote, which requires two-thirds super-majority to pass.
Yes, I'm going to have to figure out how to clone myself in the next 24 hours.
But the simple fact these two important meetings are happening at the same time underscores the hasty, not-overly-well-thought-out situation our elected public officials find themselves in at this defining hour.
Maria Geryk at June 14th RSC meeting, her last public appearance
According to Maria Geryk's $150K annual contract she should have received her School Committee evaluations -- which are supposed to be a "public" process -- by June 30th. And she has to be present in the public meeting for the evaluation discussion to take place.
Thus the most recent July 13th meeting where her evaluation was on the agenda that discussion could by law not have taken place since Maria Geryk was Missing In Action that night.
June 14th RSC meeting where Laura Kend ousted Trevor Baptiste as Chair
In fact under questioning from former Chair Trevor Baptiste rookie Regional School Committee Chair Laura Kent admitted the individual evaluations were not even available that night so even if Ms. Geryk was at the head table the Committee was ill prepared for that discussion to take place.
I asked Ms. Kent on Friday morning if Superintendent Geryk would be present Monday night and as of yet have not received a reply.
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The Amherst Select Board has the ultimate authority to place an Override question on the ballot, so it's not highly unusual for them to have that on their agenda, although it has not happened in the last half-dozen years.
However, the Select Board is doing it as a favor to the Amherst School Committee who never officially asked them to do it via a Committee vote.
And up until now even though they have had a couple updates from the Schools regarding the Mega School, the Select Board has had zero discussion about this important expensive matter.
Monday night could be a very l-o-n-g meeting.