Sunday, April 21, 2024

Thanks to a broken elevator at City Hall, the School Committee gets an early look at what it’s like to hold meetings at the renovated Cambridge Rindge & Latin School on Tuesday, and the City Council gets to experience it as well, a day earlier.

The elevator broke midweek, but there was no way to be sure it would be fixed in time for the Monday and Tuesday meetings, said Lee Gianetti, the mayor’s chief of staff. To ensure people with disabilities can attend, the meetings were moved to the high school, which is in the final stages of a renovation budgeted at $112 million. Its grand opening was Oct. 1, but the meetings give people who missed that Saturday walkthrough another chance to see some of the completed reconstruction.

The school is at 459 Broadway, next to the Cambridge Main Library and its parking garage. The closest T stop is the Harvard Square stop on the red line.  The meetings will be held in the school’s Fitzgerald Auditorium.

The council meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Monday. In addition to several funding appropriations, the city manager’s agenda includes steps to take to ensure Boston taxis don’t steal the business of Cambridge cabs; regulations about the sale of knives and BB guns; and a possible increase in police foot patrols near senior housing. Councillors, meanwhile, will bring forward proposals for establishing a Cambridge museum, banning brakeless bicycles in the city and several other measures relating to traffic calming, enforcement and the threatened loss of some city bus shelters.

The full council agenda is here.

The School Committee plans to meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday. A report on early childhood education and care is planned, as is a vote on changing the controlled choice policy that decides what school a child attends. There will be the first of two necessary readings of recommendations on approving the upper school campus program implementation policy (part of a district restructuring called the Innovation Agenda that will create four schools for students in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades) and a kindergarten assignment policy for language immersion programs. The district has language immersion programs for Mandarin, Portuguese and Spanish.

The full committee agenda is here.