On Tuesday, the appointed Boston School Committee relocated a number of schools, a move that proved unpopular at at least two of the schools, Mission Elementary and the Fenway. The vote was 6-1, with committee member Mary Tamer voting in dissent. The appointed school board members promised the Mission Elementary Parents that the district would insure that the Agassiz school would finally be cleaned up and brought up to code, even though the same promise has been made off and on for the last 25+ years. The near-unanimity of the vote belied the tone of the meeting, at which city councilor Michael Ross and members of the Mission Elem and Fenway communities voiced strong and vociferous opposition. See the meeting’s video recording here.
On Monday, the Superintendent and the union president met at Freedom House to debate the state of contract negotiations . The ‘ask’ at the end of the meeting was whether both sides could settle the contract before the holiday break. The union president said that the union was willing to meet 24/7 in order to wrap this up and move forward. The Superintendent said she could only wrap up negotiations by that date if the BTU agreed to all of her proposals. The audience, to the delight of 20 or so BTU members in attendance, both chuckled and were perplexed at that answer.