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Call for school
parents to speak out

To the Bulletin:

I have been a parent of elementary school aged children in the Amherst public schools since 2006. In my view, my children’s school is currently straining, and I do not use the term lightly, to meet the needs of children in the classrooms, and in the areas of guidance, academic support and special needs services. I believe that the proposed elementary school budget for 2013-2014 will cause the situation to worsen.

In the best of all worlds, our school system would both provide for our children’s needs directly, and support a robust think tank in the central office. In last week’s Bulletin both Kathleen Traphagen’s guest column and the letter written by Kristen Lynch, Sarah Cohen, and Carol Ross call for a budget that better balances the schools’ needs in these two areas.

I believe that now is the time to show what we value. So to all the people who have written ‘thank you’ notes to classroom teachers, thanked a guidance counselor for a well-timed conversation or two with a child, shed tears of pride at a chorus concert, or nodded in approval as a paraprofessional took a child aside to give him or her the one-on-one attention needed at that moment, please take a moment to send our School Committee an email at schoolcommittee@arps.org to let them know how you feel.

Deborah Lee Leonard


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