Students, parents and teachers peppered BPS Interim Superintendent Laura Perille and Boston School Committee members with questions about the planned closure of West Roxbury Academy, Urban Science Academy and the McCormack middle school last night during more than two hours of testimony at the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building.
Last night’s meeting of the Boston School Committee came the day after school department officials announced the planned closure of the schools as part of Mayor Martin Walsh’s $1 billion BuildBPS process, through which his administration plans to invest in creating what school officials call “21st century classrooms.” The plan calls for the renovation of more than a dozen schools and the phasing out of all middle schools. McCormack middle school teachers and staff say they have been in discussions with BPS officials for the past three years about expanding to a 7-12 school. Under the plan made public Tuesday, students from the McCormack would be re-assigned to Excel Academy, a South Boston high school that state officials have placed in turnaround status.
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