Fundraising for fire victims passed $421,740 – more than 84 percent of the half-million-dollar goal – Monday evening, as the City Council voted to suspend action and wait a week on its agenda so councillors could focus on recovery work with constituents.
The School Committee held a two-day retreat last month to set priorities and make sure its members could work well together, but its first public meeting since the summer shows it came back worse than it went in.
The 41st annual Graduation and Awards ceremony of the Cambridge Community Learning Center was held recently at the Cambridge Main Library. This year, 42 graduates from three programs received certificates of completion.
The newly sworn-in School Committee held its first meeting, spending considerable time discussing issues related to student testing, leading to motions to convene a “community discussion” in February and to reverse a vote okaying use of the PARCC test.
Mayor David Maher hasn’t attended a single one of this election season’s candidates forums.
Kenneth Salim, currently superintendent in Weymouth, was chosen Tuesday to be the next superintendent of Cambridge Public Schools. He is to begin work in Cambridge next summer, replacing Superintendent Jeff Young.
Combined, proposals by councillors David Maher and Tim Toomey would scrap two of the remaining 13 council meetings and turn four into roundtables. That makes it more important to pay attention to what happens in the meeting time that remains.
State law forced tweaks Tuesday to the School Committee’s proposed process for selecting a new school superintendent, but a hire should still be announced well before fall elections, with a target date of Oct. 22.
A city Ramadan celebration arrives Wednesday, with city councillor Nadeem Mazen – co-hosting with Mayor David Maher – calling it “an opportunity for the large number of Cambridge Muslims to feel really included in a cultural and civic moment.”
An explosive encounter with upper school principals last week had School Committee members expressing an interest Tuesday in wresting back more control from the administration on how they run their meetings.