Major Concerns About Air Quality at Fort River and Wildwood Schools “Put to Rest”: Open Classroom Design Still Criticized

AMHERST -  The Amherst School Committee has reviewed air quality reports from the Wildwood and Fort River Elementary schools, which members said alleviate certain prior worries.  "It put a lot of the concerns to rest," said the Committee Chairwoman Anastasia Ordonez at the Aug. 14 meeting.  Ordonez added that removal of carpets and old ceiling … Continue reading Major Concerns About Air Quality at Fort River and Wildwood Schools “Put to Rest”: Open Classroom Design Still Criticized

Attorney General’s Office: Amherst Regional School Committee Violated Opening Meeting Law Last Summer (INCLUDES UPDATES)

The Massachusetts Attorney General's Office has determined that the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee violated the state's open meeting law last year, in deliberating on committee business by email, and failing to follow proper procedures in announcing executive sessions, among other errors. The May 2 letter from Assistant Attorney General Hanne Rush, to the school committee's … Continue reading Attorney General’s Office: Amherst Regional School Committee Violated Opening Meeting Law Last Summer (INCLUDES UPDATES)

Wildwood School Boiler, Fort River Feasibility Study Win Resounding Approval at Amherst Town Meeting (UPDATED)

Smaller steps toward improving the infrastructure of two Amherst elementary schools easily won two-thirds majorities at Town Meeting last night (May 3). Town Meeting unanimously approved borrowing of $500,000 to replace the boiler system at Wildwood, which dates to the 1970s. Later, with only a few audible "nay" votes, Town Meeting also agreed to a … Continue reading Wildwood School Boiler, Fort River Feasibility Study Win Resounding Approval at Amherst Town Meeting (UPDATED)

Statement from Interim Superintendent on School Building Project’s Failure

March 30, 2017 To:       The Amherst Public School District staff and administration and the Amherst community, From:  Phoebe Hazzard, Amherst School Committee Vice-Chair and Dr. Michael Morris, Interim Superintendent While the proposed new schools building project failed to achieve a two-thirds majority in Tuesday's referendum vote, our district will continue to move forward and plan … Continue reading Statement from Interim Superintendent on School Building Project’s Failure

After Amherst Referendum for School Building Project Falls Short, Town Meeting to Vote on Wildwood Boiler, Fort River Study (UPDATED)

It is unknown whether the district will seek, or if the MSBA would grant any further extensions, and if the community overall has the stomach for any further campaigning or debate. However, Kevin Collins, director of the Red Barn Music School, has launched a petition drive to try and force a third Town Meeting vote on the issue. He posted on his public Facebook this morning that he has "only 148 signatures to go." https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10158371471795545&set=a.10150614132745545.676098.633190544&type=3&theater

Amherst Town Clerk Prepares for Special Calculations After Today’s Election

Although controversy has abounded in the months leading up to today's election in Amherst, which includes a vote on a $67 million school building plan,  Town Clerk Sandra Burgess said this morning that she fully expects ballot-counting will go smoothly. It is of course unknown how many people will vote today, although the school building … Continue reading Amherst Town Clerk Prepares for Special Calculations After Today’s Election

Getting To Know Your Town Meeting Candidates: Putting It Their Way, But Nicely

Sovann‐Malis Loeung Residency: 22 years "I am a Cambodian refugee and Wildwood parent. I am running for Town Meeting because I want to see, be, and have more diverse representation of immigrants in town governance. As a working class renter and parent, I am interested and particularly concerned about school issues and cost of living."

Race to the Finish in Amherst: Voter Threshold Set for Tuesday’s $67 Million School Construction Referendum

After a plan for a $67 million school building project twice failed to win a 2/3 majority vote from Amherst Town Meeting, a major petition drive was launched which will lead to a townwide referendum. Next Tuesday every registered Amherst voter - not just the 250-odd people on Town Meeting (and some of us are … Continue reading Race to the Finish in Amherst: Voter Threshold Set for Tuesday’s $67 Million School Construction Referendum

In Case the $67 Million Amherst School Building Plan is Voted Down Next Tuesday: Morris Proposes Fort River Site Study

The study would evaluate Fort River's foundation, among other building and site features. "We'd know a whole lot more about Fort River than we know now. We'd know a whole lot more about renovation schemes," Morris said, adding that the study could also help the district address concerns about environmental health and air quality.

Time to Heal the Fractures: Search for New Amherst School Superintendent Postponed Until Fall

Nakajima, who is running for re-election to a seat won about six months ago, spoke about the need for a community-wide strategic planning process, to help bring warring factions together. "Given the multiple fractures - it's a means of starting to heal and re-knit a lot of those fractures," he said.