Survey about awareness of District projects

NOTE: This is a notice about an anonymous survey.  This survey will NOT provide public comments to the School Committee.  There is a form for that here: https://wildwoodpgo.com/reconfiguration-feedback-form/

Dear Parent/Guardian,

There are currently 3 major projects under consideration for completely restructuring K- 12 education in the Amherst-Pelham region. The goal of the attached survey, which is being circulated by the Wildwood Parent Guardian Organization, is to understand how much parents know about the three projects and to determine a good way to get information to them and/or to hear their concerns. This survey is anonymous and will only take 5 minutes. If you have internet access, please fill out the survey online at
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9DRNNK9

If not, please return the attached to Laura Quilter via your child’s folder by Friday, October 30th.

The three projects are:

1) Elementary school reconfiguration: On October 20, 2015, the Amherst School District recommended to the Amherst School Committee that Wildwood and Fort River Elementary Schools be closed and that Crocker Farm be reconfigured as a K-1 school for all district children and a new school be built for all district children in grades 2-6. The new building, which would be at a yet-to-be determined location, would open in 2019. On November 3rd, the School Committee will vote on this recommendation.

2) The consolidation of the middle and high schools into a 7-12 school in the high school building: The Amherst-Pelham Regional School District has recommended this consolidation and the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee will vote on this in early January 2016. It is slated to begin in the 2017-2018 school year.

3) The regionalization of preK-6th grades (just as we now have 7-12 regionalized): This would mean that some combination of Pelham, Shutesbury, and Leverett would join Amherst to create a PreK-12 Regional District. In February 2016, theAmherst- Pelham Regional School Committee will vote on sending the revised Regional Agreement to the Town Meetings for a vote of the four communities.

Thank you for your participation!