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Paul Garvey: Mayor’s proposal would diminish school quality

To the editor:

For more than 100 years, Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School has been considered one of the finest vocational schools in the state. For years, graduates have created a reputation for performing outstanding work in the various trades taught at the school.

The Northampton mayor’s suggestion to combine the two high schools of the city under one School Committee will water down the quality of education at both schools with a slight possibility of saving a few dollars in the city budget. This is a panic move by the mayor at a time when the city has a crisis relating to the budget. This is not the time for the mayor to “shoot from the hip” to solve his budget challenge, and pass it on at the expense of quality education for our students.

Paul Garvey



David Narkewicz commentary: Strength in combining schools

Monday, May 13, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — When I took the oath of office as mayor, I pledged to look at every aspect of our government to ensure quality, cost-effective city services and wise stewardship of taxpayer dollars. I’ve worked hard to keep my promise, but it’s meant asking tough questions and being unwilling to accept “because we’ve always done it this way” as a …

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