Monthly Archives: July 2009

Throw it in the trash


This sign was heading to wherever Amherst garbage goes.

This sign was heading to wherever Amherst garbage goes.

 A few weeks ago I was walking in Amherst and spotted this sign in the trash outside a Bank of America. Now that I think of it, it is all pretty ironic.

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Out of pocket donations to Sunderland Elementary School?

The article “Music, art technology cut in Sunderland,” by Ben Storrow, appeared in The Recorder Friday.

The article summarized cut and reduced positions and programs.

The comments rage back and forth, regarding the override, yet seem to lead towards support for the arts.

Some parents are concerned about the large class sizes, reduced teachers’ aids, and the arts programs.

WWLP highlighted parents’ concerns in a news package and article. A Sunderland Elementary School student, Sammi Penza, comments on the music programs.

CBS 3 Springfield also reported on cuts the school faces. Sunderland Elementary School principal, Penny Spearance, commented.

Monetary donations to the school and volunteering has been brought up, reports show.

An Associated Press article, “Parents pass the hat to make up for school cuts,” highlighted similar budget cut issues of schools throughout the country.

The AP’s Donna Gordon Blankinship reported:

The practice comes with some controversy.

Some fear it will only widen the gap between rich and poor school systems and set a dangerous precedent that will make it easier for politicians to shortchange public education. In New York City, parent groups ran afoul of the teachers union for using their own money to hire classroom aides.

Readers are welcome to post their thoughts and knowledge, and take this very unscientific poll posted below.

If there are parents of children in the school that want to share their story via video, I’d be willing to document this aspect of the defeated override.

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Received a nice note from Sunderland selectman

I received a nice comment from Sunderland Scott Bergeron.

I appreciate the comment and all the views my posts and videos have gotten. I am quite flattered. However, on the topic of reporting, I didn’t do that much reporting (access for blogging is a difficult thing). Most of what I did was compile information. I tried to keep everything as fair and balanced as possible because I am a journalism major. Of course, I wish I could always do more. I just do what I can.

Thank you viewers. I hope you continue to watch and support my work. Of course I will try to deliver the best possible work I can achieve.

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