Record date: May 10, 2019
On this week's segment of "Byline with Stan Rosenberg," at 8 p.m. on Channel 17, Rosenberg will be joined by Amherst Regional Public Schools Superintendent Michael Morris to discuss the fiscal 2020 school budgets.
A $24 million budget recently adopted for the Amherst elementary schools includes a 2.6 percent increase over fiscal 2019, according to Morris, while the regional middle and high schools budget totaled about $32 million, a 1.10% increase. The regional budget was approved last month by the Amherst Town Council and by the Pelham, Leverett and Shutesbury Town Meetings.
New staff positions in the schools led to some budget increases, Morris said, to support restorative justice practices, alignment of curriculum for the middle and high schools, and launch of the dual language program at Fort River Elementary School this fall. Morris also noted that the district's previously declining enrollment appears to have reached a plateau.
The complete Amherst elementary schools budget document is here: https://www.amherstma.gov/…/FY20-Amherst-Budget-approved-31…, and the regional budget is here: https://www.amherstma.gov/…/FY20-Region-Budget-approved-312
Description courtesy of the Amherst League of Women Voters
Amherst Media and former Massachusetts State Senate President Stan Rosenberg team up for “Byline with Stan Rosenberg,” an issue-oriented local government news program. “Byline” will tackle town, regional and state news topics as Rosenberg interviews players in both town and state government affairs.