School Choice in Up-Island District Will Become More Equitable

Students in the up-Island school district will be given more free rein in the near future on choosing which school to attend, the district committee decided this week.

Up-Island Ranks Near Top in State for School Spending

Voters up-Island have been taking a hard look at what it costs to educate their schoolchildren. According to the most recent data available, the up-Island school district ranked sixth in per-pupil spending among other districts in the state.

Up-Island School Committee Hammers Out Revised Budget

Board members reached agreement on a revised $10.3 million budget by trimming hours and shifting positions for several employees, and eliminating an education support professional in West Tisbury. The spending plan draws heavily from reserve funds.

West Tisbury to Pull Article on School District Withdrawal

In a quick reversal, the West Tisbury selectmen agreed Wednesday to pull an article from the upcoming June 2 special town meeting, asking whether the town should withdraw from the up-Island school district. Two of the three selectmen voted last week to bring the question to voters.

Up-Island School District Considers Busing Shift

The school committee is considering the possibility of ending the district’s tradition of running its own school bus system.

Finance Leaders Sound Alarm Over Up-Island School Budget

The latest version of the budget is just over $10 million, an 8.2 per cent increase over last year. The finance committee and town accountant in West Tisbury say it's too much for taxpayers to bear in the long term.

Quality of Up-Island Spanish Program Questioned

Amid a discussion of tough choices as the up-Island school committee prepares to vote on a significant increase to the district budget, the up-Island Spanish program came under scrutiny Monday night.

Budget Increase Approved For Up-Island Schools

The up-Island regional school committee voted this week to certify a budget for the coming fiscal year of $9.1 million, a 3.5 per cent increase over last year. Increases can be tracked to money that must be set aside for post-retirement benefits for school workers and funds for Chilmark school renovations. Schools are now required to set aside money to cover the cost of future health benefits for employees who will retire.

Security Concerns Surface at Up-Island School Meeting

An up-Island school committee meeting to discuss and approve the annual budget Monday spilled into a heartfelt discussion about security in the public schools following the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., last week.

Up-Island School Budget Jumps 15 Per Cent

Up-Island School Budget Jumps 15 Per Cent


Taxpayers in Aquinnah, Chilmark and West Tisbury will see the cost of educating schoolchildren rise sharply next year as the proposed budget for the Up-Island Regional School District goes from $5.9 million to more than $6.8 million, a 15 per cent increase.

The reasons are much the same as at the regional high school, where the budget will jump by almost 10 per cent next year. State aid is dropping, and the cost of insurance is climbing.