Friday, April 19, 2024

Tonight the City Council and School Committee gather for a roundtable at which committee members show the direction they’re headed in a massive revamp of the city’s K-8 schools and councillors hear about progress on the $100 million reconstruction of the high school.

Leading the night, though, is a half-hour update on the “Come Home to CRLS” project led by Francis Duehay, the 30-year city councillor, three-term mayor and Cambridge Health Alliance trustee, and Andy Farrar, entrepreneur and legislative aide to Larry Ward during his time on the council.

The homecoming is intended to be a celebration of the city’s high school, Cambridge Rindge & Latin, and to correct lingering misperceptions of problems.

“Myths die very hard in the community, and perceptions people have held about the high school persist,” Principal Chris Saheed said in June, during a year-end presentation to the committee. “Not everyone reads Boston magazine and sees us in the list of the best high schools in the state.”

The event begins at City Hall at 5:30 p.m. and runs until 8 p.m. After homecoming plans are discussed, CRLS renovations get 15 minutes of summation by Deputy City Manager Richard Rossi and the school district’s chief operating officer, Jim Maloney; then comes an hourlong talk about K-8 changes, followed by a question-and-answer period.