The search for the next school superintendent is on track to be launched next month, with an advertisement next week soliciting recruitment firms to manage the process.
A $163.9 million budget for the next school year was approved unanimously by School Committee vote Tuesday. It’s about $7.3 million more than the current budget, with $1.2 million for new initiatives.
With social emotional support for kids, help for low-testing schools and teacher coaching identified as budget priorities, district officials talked a lot about how to refocus resources already in place.
With Cambridge’s two-year terms, all six School Committee positions – along with the mayor, who leads the committee – will be up for reelection this November, but the plan has the new superintendent chosen by October.
There were moments of palpable frustration at a special meeting on the budget Wednesday from some School Committee members, teachers and the public, particularly about the district’s burgeoning social and emotional issues.
A proposed school district budget for next year shows an almost 5 percent increase to $164 million, with Superintendent Jeffrey Young calling it concentrated “on direct expenditures on students.”
The School Committee got a comprehensive status report on the district’s new math program Tuesday and heard a plea from third-grade families from the Baldwin School to start a pilot world language program there next fall.
The School Committee passed budget guidelines for the superintendent and discussed summer learning programs while clearing backed-up business in its first meeting in five weeks.
Committee members were not pleased at getting a surprise administrative funding recommendation and referred it back to Superintendent Jeffrey Young to come up with another plan.
Teachers’ pleas for “more hearts and hands” in classrooms as they struggled to keep up with academic and testing demands seems to have had a major impact on School Committee talks over budget guidelines.