Smith Makes Gift to Northampton Public Schools
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – In a letter addressed to Mayor Clare Higgins, Smith College recently announced a gift of $100,000 to the city to provide time and support for a rigorous strategic planning process regarding the future of the Northampton schools.
The one-time gift comes in response to reports that the Northampton Public Schools face a significant budget shortfall during the next fiscal year.
“As the strategic plan for the schools comes to fruition,” President Carol T. Christ wrote in the letter, “I envision not only a stronger school system but further opportunities for programmatic collaboration among teachers, students and the college.”
Smith College has a long history of actively supporting public education in Northampton. In recent years, the college provided financial support for renovations to J.F.K. Middle School and Northampton High School; for curricular initiatives in science, engineering and health; and for the Smith-Northampton Summer School, now in its 48th year.
Each year, Smith also offers the opportunity for hundreds of local high school students to take college-level courses at no cost.
For Smith, quality public schools are an institutional commitment. The college maintains an Office of Educational Outreach, established by President Christ in partnership with the superintendent of schools, which represents an annual investment of more than $200,000.