Julie Thomas: Mayor’s plan resembles ‘hostile takeover’
To the editor:
Mayor David Narkewicz’s proposal can only be defined as a “hostile takeover” targeting Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School. The mayor continues to pursue this takeover without the financial working knowledge or the concept of the school. Most disturbing is his willingness to do this without consideration of the students and the incomparable education provided at SVHS.
Narkewicz’s inability to run a city within the budget along with his willingness to decimate the exceptional education provided at Smith Vocational demonstrates his lack of judgment and reckless irresponsibility.
It has exposed him as an ineffective and precarious mayor. I believe his actions could lead to layoffs and cuts for Smith Vocational.
This proposal is a disgrace and a slap in the face to Oliver Smith, who provided the funding to establish the school. It brings great shame on Northampton and the mayor to even propose this and will bring great shame on the Northampton City Council if its supports him in this ill-conceived idea.
Perhaps the mayor needs to make the tough decision by challenging charter schools, which drain our public school budget, as well as re-evaluate the amount of Smith College’s property tax exemption.
The fact is that Smith Vocational works within its budget and provides an outstanding education to our children.
I can only hope in the election in November someone will run against Narkewicz and win the job he is unable to do.
Julie Thomas is a member of the Smith Vocational class of 1982.