The city’s $473 million budget was adopted Monday, along with its largest single component: A $151 million schools budget made controversial when four city councillors voted to keep it in committee for further questioning of district officials.
The $151 million schools budget – frozen in the Finance Committee May 9 despite the expectation that the full City Council would adopt the city’s full, $507 million proposed budget today – are sure to be a big part of the 5:30 p.m. meeting of the City Council.
Lesley University’s commencement was Saturday, with 2,234 degrees and certificates handed out – 468 bachelor’s degrees, 1,740 master’s degrees and 23 doctorates.
The $151 million school district budget ran into trouble Thursday, with five city councillors voting to keep it in committee instead of sending it to the full council for a vote.
As students look forward to graduating with honors in coming weeks, local teachers are coming through spring with some honors of their own: travel to Brazil as a Pearson Foundation Global Learning Fellow and semifinalist status in the Massachusetts Teacher of the Year Program and for a $8,500 grant that includes travel to Shanghai.
A new Martin Luther King Jr. School got its special permit Tuesday in a unanimous vote from a Planning Board whose main concern seemed to be the color proposed for the two-school campus. Residents also had a very specific concern: whether the school should have a full or half basketball court.
Cries of unfairness and broken promises over world language and special education programs hit the School Committee and district administrators Tuesday as they wrestled with setting the budget for the next fiscal year.
Pointing to massive changes under way at Cambridge public schools and the fact the city has the shortest school day in the state, Superintendent Jeffrey Young asked Tuesday for the School Committee to give him no new demands for the budget being created for fiscal year 2014 – a budget that still needs $1.4 million in trims.
The school district got an assistant superintendent for student services Tuesday: Victoria Greer, who until her acceptance of the Cambridge job was serving as director of exceptional education at Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools.
Expect class rankings based on grades to be eradicated from Cambridge schools by the next academic year, and for an assistant superintendent for student services to be chosen in the coming week.