Regional Agreement Work Group (RAWG)

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Our Guiding Values

  • Be good stewards. We received good schools from past generations, and take seriously our responsibility to invest in the future by handing off good schools to the generations that follow.
  • Be fiscally responsible. Be thoughtful and realistic about cost to the towns, and understand short and long-term results of any investment.
  • Provide ample opportunities for town and resident input.
  • Learn about, respect, and reflect the culture of the different communities.
  • Maintain the best features of current schools; capitalize on their strengths.

Brief Overview

Our communities are recognized for a long history of and deep commitment to quality and effective education for our children. The current process is a continuation of a 50-year old process of exploration about how to continue a strong tradition of collaboration and education among the towns of Amherst, Leverett, Pelham and Shutesbury. The goal is to find home-grown solutions that balance the new pressures of the changing world of education with the preservation of what our towns value dearly.

In 2011, representatives from each of the four towns were selected by their town moderators to serve on town Regional School District Planning Committees; the twelve members agreed to also come together as a 4-town Regional School District Planning Board (RSDPB). This RSDPB met for over two years to gather information, explore options and develop plans to develop a new region that expanded cooperation beyond the current grades 7-12.

In Winter 2014, the planning shifted to revise the current regional agreement rather than creating a new region. Given this, the Regional School District Planning Board was replaced by a Regional Agreement Working Group which was appointed as a subcommittee of the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee.  The volunteer Regional Agreement Working Group (RAWG) includes the same 12 individuals who have been working on this issue together under the previous process.

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