Saturday, June 15, 2024

News and Ideas Worth Sharing

HomeViewpointsLettersWith school districts,...

With school districts, towns create uncontrollable entities

In her letter to the editor, Susan Bachelder of Egremont writes: “It is up to the Towns to re-establish that legal premise and assert its rights to determine the course of education in their respective Towns.” 

To the Editor:

Heather Bellow is correct [in Edge article about the proposed closure of the Monterey School]. This is not a new issue. The fights that occur between school districts and the towns that have created them are ongoing across America. Towns create districts for a variety of reasons. Water districts, fire districts but most often at the end of the 20th century, school districts across America, were created to absorb the baby boomers.

Towns banded together to pay for the cost of these “creatures” — not the kids — the District. I kid you not, the legal term for a District in a court of law is “creature.” It is an entity created for one purpose — water, fire, or education — and as such is a subservient “creature” to the towns it serves.

A town, on the other hand, has the responsibility to weigh and consider all of the needs of its citizens — everything, including education and how it is delivered ultimately rests in their hands. But because of the hefty percentage of taxes involved, these “creatures” can sometimes become a Frankenstein – a monster threatening the rights of the Town to whom it is supposed to report, not dictate. Districts, under the law, are subservient to Towns.

It is up to the Towns to re-establish that legal premise and assert its rights to determine the course of education in their respective Towns. This is their legal right and recourse, whether you agree with them or not. Think Patrick Henry here.

However, I have a feeling this is not about the questionable legal status of our District attempting to dictate policy to Monterey, and certainly not a question of education. But sadly again we see the question of money that has dogged our District for years and that we had hoped had been put to rest.

Susan Bachelder

Egremont

Get Daily Updates From The Berkshire Edge!

spot_img

The Edge Is Free To Read.

But Not To Produce.

Continue reading

PETER MOST: A more PURDfect design

Since no one is making any more developable land here, let’s design thoughtfully and maximize use wisely. Let the experts be in charge.

I WITNESS: Yiddishkeit

If someone in Hollywood were to make a musical about both sides of my family, they would have to call it “Schindler on the Roof.” That’s how good my Jew cred is.

Please help support vulnerable members of your community by supporting The People’s Pantry

For many of our neighbors, it is not an optimistic time as they face a daily battle with food insecurity. They can’t afford the basic, healthy foods that many of us take for granted.

The Edge Is Free To Read.

But Not To Produce.