Interim Amherst Regional Middle School Principal Will Not Accept Reappointment, Following Public Questions About Licensure (REVISED)

AMHERST -  Amherst Regional Middle School's Interim Principal Patty Bode has notified the district that she will not be continuing in the role for the 2018-2019 school year. On April 11, Amherst Regional Public Schools Superintendent Michael Morris and Assistant Superintendent Doreen Cunningham sent an email to the community, stating that although Bode previously accepted … Continue reading Interim Amherst Regional Middle School Principal Will Not Accept Reappointment, Following Public Questions About Licensure (REVISED)

Guest Columnist Janet McGowan: Competitive National Search Is Needed for Permanent Superintendent of the Amherst Regional Public Schools

Editor's note: Below is an open letter from Janet McGowan of Amherst, an attorney and mediator whose two adult children attended town public schools. McGowan, who has lived in Amherst for 14 years and serves on Town Meeting (Precinct 8), is seeking additional signers for this letter. Those wishing to do so can email her … Continue reading Guest Columnist Janet McGowan: Competitive National Search Is Needed for Permanent Superintendent of the Amherst Regional Public Schools

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

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.

School Committee Candidates Forum: The Mega-School, Cracks in the Earth’s Crust, and Information That Should Have Come to Light

At last night's candidates forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters, Robert Greeney, who is running for a two-year seat on the School Committee (along with a Select Board seat) took the cake for the most unusual answers to the moderator's questions. He often used metaphors from nature, apparently harkening back to the days … Continue reading School Committee Candidates Forum: The Mega-School, Cracks in the Earth’s Crust, and Information That Should Have Come to Light

Search for New Amherst School Superintendent Halted, Following Legal Foul-Up

At the moment, it seems unlikely that the Amherst Regional Public Schools will have a new superintendent in place by July 1 as was planned. The Amherst Regional and Union 26 School Committees voted unanimously to suspend the current search for a new school superintendent last night,  after discovering that consultants Ray & Associates asked … Continue reading Search for New Amherst School Superintendent Halted, Following Legal Foul-Up