Last week’s School Committee meeting revealed even more indecisiveness and confusion when the Superintendent’s panel was questioned by many of the hundreds of students, staff, and parents at the affected schools.
- West Roxbury’s USA and Media would merge, they were told. So would South Boston’s Excel and Monument. Wait a minute. Excel and Monument would not merge “ instead Excel would expand. Or would it? Both explanations were given.
- Students at this school and that would be given priority in assignment. Fair enough, but would ‘priority’ trump sibling preference? And what exactly did that mean in practical terms? More confusion.
- Why close the Agassiz school? people asked. Poor air quality, they were told. Irony is, the Agassiz community has asked for environmental help without much success for 20 years. Now the school department is concerned about their air quality. Right.
- Where will the Farragut students go? Don’t know. Someone said the Jackson Mann.
- Can the King accommodate the Emerson as the plan proposes? And is it a good fit? Depends on whom you ask.
- What does it mean for the Clap to be an Innovation School? We’ll get back to you.
- What about the small school experiment? Is it over? Yes and no.
- What about the Fifield? 70% of the kids walk to school. Why not keep it open as a neighborhood school?
- Has the department met with charter schools to talk about renting these buildings? Yes, but we talked about a lot of things.
- What about the ELC-East? The Lee Pilot? The Alighieri? We’ll get back to you.
And that’s how they left it. At 11:30 PM last Wednesday, after five and one half hours of getting no answers, meeting attendees left with a promise that the committee members would ‘get back to them’ tonight to clear up confusion surrounding the Superintendent’s plan. The meeting tonight will be a good lesson in appointed school board democracy, and we hope you can attend.