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Housing Authority executive director pay rises to $189,000, will jump again in 2017

Housing Authority executive director pay rises to $189,000, will jump again in 2017

After leading a long battle to preserve – and transform – public housing in Cambridge with private financing, Gregory Russ is getting a sizable raise, and will land just below $200,000 in 2017.

Despite calls against more administrators, district tries again for summer camp role

Despite calls against more administrators, district tries again for summer camp role

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.

School officials agree current approach distances educational leaders from kids

School officials agree current approach distances educational leaders from kids

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.

King Open School renovations get study to include pool, offices totaling $131.5M

King Open School renovations get study to include pool, offices totaling $131.5M

A proposed $131.5 million revamp of the King Open School and surrounding public buildings gets a neighborhood meeting Thursday evening, after the City Council approved a $1.5 million feasibility study.

Whidden minimum wage boosted to $15 in Cambridge Health Alliance contract

Whidden minimum wage boosted to $15 in Cambridge Health Alliance contract

Lower-paid service and clerical workers at a unit of Cambridge Health Alliance have won a minimum starting wage of $15 an hour, their union announced Thursday.

Maher campaign’s fast $34,189 kicks off fundraising, concerns about developers

Maher campaign’s fast $34,189 kicks off fundraising, concerns about developers

It’s a little less than a year until elections, but Mayor David Maher is in full campaign donations mode – surging far ahead of any other sitting councillor by amassing a bit less than $34,190 in just a month’s time.

Teachers call for help, ‘hands and hearts’ in classrooms, after relentless initiatives

Teachers call for help, ‘hands and hearts’ in classrooms, after relentless initiatives

Teachers were invited to talk about budget priorities with the School Committee making it very clear they need more help in the classroom and a dramatic slowdown in the exhausting introduction of initiatives.

Housing Authority 9,500-person wait list will freeze for upgrades; few rents to rise (update)

Housing Authority 9,500-person wait list will freeze for upgrades; few rents to rise (update)

The Housing Authority’s huge redevelopment project to preserve low-income housing means that most new applicants seeking public housing won’t be able to sign up.

Superintendent gets another year, raise, giving ‘period of transition’ in 6-1 vote

Superintendent gets another year, raise, giving ‘period of transition’ in 6-1 vote

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.

Radiology investment ‘already paying off’ for Health Alliance, boosting turnaround

Radiology investment ‘already paying off’ for Health Alliance, boosting turnaround

Cambridge Health Alliance is hoping a new radiology suite will improve patients’ experiences, expand services and bring in sorely needed revenue. The early word: The $2.1 million bet is paying off.

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