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 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.
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.
Cambridge was named as one of 50 semifinalists in the Georgetown University Energy Prize, and has two years to argue to become a finalist.
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.
The city has been looking for seven years and seven months at ways to reduce use of plastic bags, with the latest considered worse than the previous one by the Massachusetts Sierra Club.
Annual Veterans Day Observance at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Veterans’ World War I Monument by the main gate of the Cambridge Cemetery, 76 Coolidge Ave.
Mayor David Maher kicked off a food drive today to run through Oct. 1 to benefit Cambridge food pantries.
Three surprise appointments, including one involving the head of the local teachers union, brought on a conversation about district transparency.