With several thousand new housing units due in the Alewife, NorthPoint and Kendall Square neighborhoods, School Committee members noted that if even 10 percent of those units have one child, that’s easily two schools’ worth of students.
“I’m looking for more of a plan. I don’t have enough to adopt for right now,” the mayor said, asking for a roundtable meeting in July at which the School Committee could get deeper into the details. “I want to vote when it’s finished.”
Superintendent Kenneth Salim presented his three-year “district plan” to a variety of audiences in recent days, finding support f0r the broad, overarching concepts, but worries about the details.
Immigrant families were assured Tuesday of their “protection and safety” from federal agents by the school district, one of several issues looked at Tuesday by the School Committee.
Parents at two struggling schools were worried how help from the district would continue into the new budget and next school year, and now that the budget has been approved, members of the School Committee are still trying to figure it out.
Groundwork for a look at the kindergarten lottery system was laid last week by the School Committee, noting demographic changes in the city and growing interest in language immersion programs. The last review was in 2013.
The School Committee unanimously ratified an agreement Tuesday with units of the teachers’ union that includes the creation of several working groups responding to important issues raised repeatedly over the past two years:
An “action plan” to address sexual harassment and assault, particular at the Cambridge Rindge and Latin high school and upper schools, received enthusiastic School Committee support last week.
Historically, the district has chosen to make larger price increases less often, instead of incremental changes each year, but several School Committee members hesitated at the size of the increases.
Students opting out of standardized testing got some School Committee support last week, and Cambridge Public Schools Superintendent Kenneth Salim said he is exploring alternatives for the MCAS test, which has a rocky history in the city.