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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.
The presentation of Individual School Improvement Plans to the School Committee became mainly about how the plan process itself has been overhauled.
The School Committee voted 6-1 to extend Superintendent Jeffrey Young’s contract one year, from June 2015 to June 2016. Young’s gross salary for each of these two years will be $267,000.
A Cambridge elementary school is outsourcing recess, bringing in experts for a year after a School Committee vote approved a $25,000 contract award.
Criticisms from state education officials brought denunciations from School Committee members that reviewers didn’t know what they were talking about.
Along with other business, the city has committed to a bus to bring students from Rindge Towers and Jefferson Park to the Vassal Lane/Tobin school building.
Three surprise appointments, including one involving the head of the local teachers union, brought on a conversation about district transparency.
The School Committee approved nearly $500,000 for three professional development consulting contracts, noting “Wall Street rates” and asking “What did we buy?”