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.