The state Board of Larger Schooling will meet Tuesday to hear suggestions to stop abrupt school closures — an issue that’s prompted growing concern within the state.
The difficulty gained prominence last spring with Mount Ida School’s abrupt closure before merging with UMass Amherst. Also final yr, Wheelock School closed to merge with Boston College. Final week, Hampshire School announced would start on the lookout for an extended-term companion to assist “achieve a thriving and sustainable future,” in accordance with a press release by school president Miriam E. Nelson.
“We’re satisfied that looking for a strategic partnership is the correct and responsible factor to do. And now’s the time to do it,” Nelson stated.
Nelson stated the varsity is in search of partners to assist face the challenges of what she describes as an underneath-endowed establishment and provide extra financial sustainability.
“A few of the robust financial developments dealing with institutions comparable in measurement to Hampshire have materialized with bulletins of schools closing their doorways. There are bruising financial and demographic realities in play, and we’re not resistant to them,” Nelson stated.
The varsity is contemplating not bringing in a freshman class for the upcoming educational yr, and will make the ultimate determination on that earlier than Feb. 1.
“This determination has vital ethical implications, and should keep in mind the welfare of our prospective college students and group as an entire,” Nelson stated.
The report back to the Board of Larger Schooling can be made by Transitions in Greater Schooling: Safeguarding the Pursuits of College students Working Group.