Discussing topics as varied as special education, freshman high school sports, required health curriculum and upper school math, School Committee members showed improved collegiality and cooperation last week – even wading into early budget territory.
Kenneth A. Salim, Cambridge’s superintendent of schools since July 1, is engaged in an “entry plan” of learning through observations, focus groups and data analysis, but he sat down to share what’s he discerned and focused on so far.
A surge in high school population is making class registration, size and access – as well as participation in sports activities – more unpredictable and stressful, the School Committee heard Tuesday.
A district dress code policy was passed Tuesday by the School Committee, affirming language from a student-led process and without a controversial sentence added over the summer by an adult committee member.
A districtwide student dress code made its third appearance in as many meetings on Tuesday’s School Committee meeting agenda, and again remained unresolved at the end of the night.
Most if not all School Committee members were perplexed Tuesday by Mayor E. Denise Simmons’ motion to “convene a preliminary discussion on how members are to be identified, addressed and recorded for public record.”
At its first meeting of the school year, the School Committee telegraphed dual messages: Members will not be asking the school administration for much – if anything – this semester. And their meetings may be very tense.
The student dress code for Cambridge Public Schools ran into new conflict as the School Committee held its summer meeting Tuesday, thinking the second reading of revisions on the code would be the final.
Superintendent Kenneth Salim’s “entry plan” includes core value, a schedule for his first several months on the job and an adviser list suggesting he’s coming in with a profound consciousness of the achievement gap persisting despite three decades of effort.
Taps where testing found worrisome levels of lead have been shut off and are being replaced this summer, but the quality of the water going into the buildings has been called “in very good shape.”