After much consideration, I have withdrawn my name from consideration for the interim school committee position. Central to my consideration is the action taken by the interim superintendent with respect to the Title IX report, and the interview, list of questions, and process connected to the appointment process. Freedom of information may take care of this. The process and the questions do not recognize that the system is in peril. Under the guise of being neutral and unbiased, the process and the questions represent a denial that there is a crisis. I have no faith that the Town Council, except for a few, has the will or the power to respond to those who are followers of the Amherst Forward agenda. I question what influence, if any, I would have on the School Committee in light of the forces of Amherst Forward. I am at a point in life where being ineffective does not sit well. Perhaps, my younger self would have plunged headlong into the fray. Those days are no more. As the philosopher in “Odyssey” states, “The future happens, no matter how much we scream.” Yet, we must continue to scream. We can still scream together.
Gaylord Saulsberry is a resident of Amherst and a former principal at Amherst Regional High School