The city is being urged to think big on rebuilding the 46-year-old Tobin elementary school and Vassal Lane Upper School, already expected to cost at least $200 million in the earliest guesses, including by looking at buying the neighboring National Guard armory.
The School Committee had the opportunity to request data on the impact of race on student participation in extracurricular activities. It chose to assign the project to the high school student government.
A motion to cap certain class sizes ballooned somehow into an emotional referendum on an entire program, with School Committee members declaiming about staff morale and student “labels.”
Superintendent Kenneth Salim pointed to his budget for ways he intends to provide support throughout the school district, including for behavioral difficulties and where enrollment called for more teachers. But they weren’t in the document, he was told.
The federal budget proposed by President Donald Trump for 2017-18, if enacted, could affect a wide range of city programs serving thousands of residents, from special education to help with fuel bills for low-income families to affordable housing.
Superintendent Kenneth Salim unveiled his first proposed budget at the School Committee meeting Thursday. Benefiting from a $10 million increase in property taxes, the total budget for next year rises to $183 million.
Cambridge Public Schools officials have taken a couple of good half steps toward transparency on calling snow days, but the two half steps don’t quite equal taking a whole step forward. It looks more like shuffling uncertainly.
Artists from Boston Lyric Opera’s community engagement department visited Cambridge schools in February to perform excerpts from composer Engelbert Humperdinck’s 1893 “Hansel and Gretel.”
A Tuesday storm dumped an estimated 6.2 inches of snow on the city, temporarily cutting off power to more than a thousand residents as high winds took down tree branches and power lines, public works and utility officials reported.
With the region expecting likely snowfall of 12 to 18 inches, but potentially as much as 20 inches, officials has announced that city offices, libraries and schools would close Tuesday.