Martha’s Vineyard schools welcome the 2012-2013 school year

It was the first day of school for incoming freshmen. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

Martha’s Vineyard students of all ages begin the 2012-2013 school year this morning. Island taxpayers spend generously on education. This year they will contribute approximately $44,911,170 to support seven schools with a total enrollment of 2,267 students.

Recently, The Times invited the principals of each school and superintendent of schools James Weiss to describe each school’s preparations, important program or faculty changes, and goals for the academic year.

And, there is a rundown of the basics — descriptions of individual school enrollments, operating budgets, staff, and contact information. It is information that Island students, parents, and taxpayers ought to know.