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Start-time discussion finally getting wider study

To the editor:

I was very pleased to see that the school start time issue was once again delayed in Northampton in order to have a more inclusive, open, and transparent process for all those who are affected by this decision.

How fortunate that the Bridge Street School Council has insisted on its place at the table in the discussions that would directly affect children’s lives and education. The crusade to change the start time has been lead for several years by a vocal minority, always dutifully interviewed by the Gazette, acting without adequate input from the very people (students, families, teachers, administrators) the change would affect.

I outlined this clandestine process as viewed by the mother of a junior in a guest column a year ago. Thanks to Superintendent Brian Salzer and the School Committee, the process has become more inclusive and transparent. Now it is opening up further. Any day now, it will look like something approaching democracy!

And if we can harness all this energy, time, interest and talent, maybe the School Committee can start to look at much more critical issues. One that came up several times during recent high school accreditation meetings, that truly does need concerted attention, and also can boast “research” to support it, is the large class size and teacher shortage at the high school.

Perhaps related to these problems is the loss of many academic electives for high school students.

Lorraine Mangione


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