Override support needed for 21st-century schools
To the editor:
On Nov. 6, Easthampton will decide the future path of its school district. Voters will be asked to support an override that will provide the necessary resources to support a strategic plan and vision developed by the School Committee, superintendent, teachers, administrators and community members. The override will preserve current positions and services; restore previously cut positions, programs and services to maintain manageable class sizes and ensure student success; and invest in technology that will deliver a 21st-century education that engages students and prepares them for 21st-century careers.
This new revenue will improve the district in areas that draw students to other districts, thus will improve the budget by retaining funds now lost to school choice.
Between us, we have five kids. They participate in many of the programs and opportunities offered, which enhance their lives and prepare them for higher education. They include enrichment programs, clubs, band, chorus, sports, advanced placement, world language and afterschool programs. Many of these programs have been affected by cuts over the last few years. If this override does not pass, it is inevitable that more positions and programs will have to be cut and scaled back next year. Our class sizes are already challenging our teachers and staff.
Without the ability to restore and preserve positions and programs, it’s not just our five kids who will be affected. It is every student in the district. This override affects our children now, and our children’s children in the future. The more cuts made now, the longer it will take to restore what’s been lost.
Let’s give our teachers the resources for providing a quality education and our students the services and programs necessary for future success. Please support our schools and vote yes on Question 4.
The authors are members of the Easthampton School Committee.