For several years, Amherst School district cost-of-living raises have barely kept up with inflation rates and rising costs of health care. Over time, demands on educators have risen. The profession is more intense than it has ever been. The country is facing a teacher shortage. The district cannot staff paraeducator, clerical and teaching positions. Turnover is high. This instability is not good for our children.
This community prides itself on its educational values and high standards, which reflect in home values. Because of educator expertise, students enjoy a wide range of opportunities that help them achieve their dreams.
Investment in the educators of this district is an investment in this community. We should not shortchange our students.
There is another bargaining session on Friday, March 24, 2023 at Central Office. Support our students, support this community: join the APEA outside Central Office (attached to the Middle School) at 3:45, and as they walk in, let the School Committee know the community values education, its educators, and their children.