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The “Olá 4” got good news this week – just short of an outright guarantee that the families’ kids were getting into the Olá Bilingual Program.
One of the next two public schools to be renovated could hold the district’s administrative offices – an idea you may remember from 2012.
The School Committee unanimously passed a budget for next year at a balanced $156.7 million, paying for $1.6 million in new outlays with other savings.
City schools are full to bursting and yet looking for ways to get bigger, officials said at a meeting looking also at the persistent academic achievement gap.
Four families’ kids being kept from the Olá Bilingual Program, officials said, was the first time in city history that the district’s sibling preference policy failed.
School Committee members were more unhappy about how workers were told of lost jobs than that the jobs themselves had to go.
Typically the FRC calls families to alert them to the risk of losing a placement. With Olá, families didn’t get word of the lack of seats until late in the process.
There were gasps when parents of children in the Olá Bilingual Program described failures in the school district’s sibling-preference policy.
The School Committee ratified a contract for teachers and staff after two years with an interim agreement, but proposed personnel cuts tainted the good news.
World language instruction in elementary schools isn’t in the foreseeable future, according to a budget proposed by Superintendent Jeffrey Young.