The 11 candidates for School Committee tried to communicate their experience and ideas for the school district in one- and two-minute allotments Wednesday at their first forum of the election season.
Another sign of Cambridge’s growing housing gap heard in public comment took prominence at one of the shortest regular School Committee meetings in recent history, where members voted to finalize revisions to controlled choice policy.
A draft paper submitted by a high school employee and mayoral aide was seen Tuesday as a possible foundation for a vision on closing the district’s achievement gap, while two-year-old changes to school choice were undone as “well-intentioned” but failing.
The Martin Luther King Jr. School and Putnam Avenue Upper School campus will be turned over to the School Department in December, with inaugural classes coming shortly thereafter, after “careless disposal of smoking material” caused a $5 million fire.
Having wrapped up open meetings with staff, students, families and other community members on what they would like to see in a new schools superintendent, a search firm and the School Committee are poised to begin preliminary interviews with candidates.
An application for a 436-student regional charter school has been filed with the state; Cambridge is one of the five communities from which the school would draw students.
Two consultant contracts that raised tensions and ended with split decisions in August were revisited Tuesday, with approval for a $90,000 teacher training contract and a repeat of a vote against a proposed $125,000 Harvard program on behavior management.
The School Committee will conduct an evaluation of the superintendent in a special meeting from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday. It is open to the public, but will not be televised and will be held offsite at Cambridge police headquarters near Kendall Square.
The school district’s hiring of expensive consultants came under fire from School Committee members this week, with members questioning the cost, lack of negotiation and whether there were measured outcomes that would support the practice.
Sexism-conscious students have won a victory on the high school’s dress code: a chance to reverse a policy that “shames” and “inappropriately sexualizes” girls.