Thursday, July 18, 2024

An Alewife Quadrangle warehouse with surface parking is replaced with the life sciences building in a proposal to be heard this week by the Planning Board.

Evaluating superintendent Kenneth Salim

School Committee, 5 p.m. Monday. The committee meets to evaluate superintendent Kenneth Salim, hired out of Weymouth to start work July 1, 2016, with a four-year contract. He got a new, three-year contract in October … with one year retroactive, meaning it runs through June 30, 2022 – but will be extended automatically for one year, to June 30, 2023, unless the committee gives Salim written notice before June 30, 2021. Seems as clear as anything about Cambridge. Watchable by Zoom video conferencing.

Students’ social, emotional and mental health

School Committee School Climate Subcommittee, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. A discussion about how to protect students’ social, emotional and mental health in a coronavirus-complicated 2020-2021 school year. Watchable by Zoom video conferencing.

From Quadrangle to ‘The Quad’

Planning Board, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Aside from a Community Development update, this meeting is all about putting up a 144,175-square-foot, three-story office lab building (with below-ground parking for 124 vehicles) at 75-109 Smith Place, Cambridge Highlands, on a drab, industrial spot in the so-called Alewife Quadrangle that now holds a warehouse and surface parking for 156 cars. The Davis Cos. is transforming 9.8 acres there into a life sciences center called The Quad. Televised and watchable by Zoom video conferencing.

Fossil fuel zoning petition

Ordinance Committee, 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. This committee run by city councillors Dennis Carlone and Marc McGovern convenes for the second of two looks this summer at a City Council fossil fuel zoning petition, which calls for developers to look at the feasibility and cost of ditching traditional energy sources to use alternative and renewable energy – now costing “equal to or less than fossil fuel,” Carlone has said. Televised and watchable by Zoom video conferencing.