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
Editor's note: This article has been updated (9/28/17) to include additional information regarding standardized test scores. Michael Morris, the interim superintendent of the Amherst Regional Public Schools, gave a public "job talk" last night (9/27), to demonstrate why he should be granted the permanent post when the combined regional school committees meet again on Oct. … Continue reading Diversity Issues Arise as Amherst-Pelham Interim Schools Superintendent Michael Morris Takes Stage, Seeks Permanent Job
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
Just a handful of Amherst residents turned out to comment at a joint meeting of the Amherst-Pelham Regional and Union 26 School Committees last night, to make themselves heard on the likely appointment of Interim Superintendent Michael Morris to the permanent post. A few people urged the committee to approve Morris, to fill the job … Continue reading Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee Sets Oct. 10 Vote on Granting Permanent Job to Interim Superintendent Michael Morris
An extended public comment period will be offered at the Amherst School Committee meeting this Tuesday, (Sept. 12) on whether Interim School Superintendent Michael Morris should be offered the permanent post. At Tuesday's meeting, the committee will also vote on proposing a warrant article to Amherst Town Meeting, to explore full regionalization with Pelham. The … Continue reading Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee Proposes Granting Permanent Post to Interim Superintendent Michael Morris
Next Wednesday, Amherst Town Meeting will be asked to approve $250,000 for a feasibility study on the Fort River Elementary School site to determine its suitability for construction, and $500,000 to replace an old boiler system at Wildwood Elementary School. If those items pass, Town Meeting will also be asked to approve an additional $20,000 … Continue reading Amherst School Officials Seek $500,000 for Wildwood Boiler, $250,000 for Fort River Feasibility Study, As Interim Superintendent Launches New Ideas in PGO Presentations (UPDATED)
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.