Sunday, July 14, 2024

These are just some of the municipal meetings and civic events for the coming week. More are on the City Calendar and in the city’s Open Meetings Portal.


Cambridge superintendent Victoria Greer listens to a School Committee comment at a Feb. 6 meeting. (Photo: Julia Levine)

Going into closed-door session

School Committee special meeting, 2 p.m. Monday. The committee has a deadline looming Tuesday for deciding on an evaluation for embattled superintendent Victoria Greer. This special meeting is called just to go into a closed-door session “for the purpose of conducting a strategy session in preparation for contract negotiations with nonunion personnel as an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the negotiating positions of the School Committee.” Watchable online, including by Zoom.

City Council, 5:30 p.m. Monday. The lightest of agendas is taken up, with the most interesting item being a report on MBTA track improvement work that analyzes how well buses have done in replacing trains during recent closings and warning residents of the next red line shutdown: July 8-23. The council considers support of a State House bill authorizing project labor agreements between unions and employers that set terms and conditions for a project. The only other policy order of the week urges Cantabrigians to pause on Patriot’s Day, which will be celebrated April 15, in remembrance of those who died for our nation. A reenactment of Paul Revere’s and William Dawes’ historic rides to warn the colonists leave from Boston at 10:35 a.m. for Dawes, arriving in Cambridge at 11:05 a.m., and at 10:20 a.m. for Revere, stopping in Somerville’s Foss Park at 11:20 a.m., as part of two weeks of celebrations and events. The council meets at City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Televised and watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

State of policing in Cambridge

Public Safety Committee, 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday. This committee run by city councillors Paul Toner and Ayesha Wilson discusses the state of policing in Cambridge and safety in the community and gives an update on recommendations from the Police Executive Research Forum about Cambridge’s response to the Jan. 4, 2023, police killing of Arif Sayed Faisal, 20, during a mental health crisis, and related issues. (We wrote about some report findings here.) The committee meets at City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square.

Unknown agenda on education

School Committee, 6 p.m. Tuesday. Due to school vacation week, this is the only regular committee meeting scheduled in April but, as of press time, no agenda has been posted and its business is unknown. The committee meets in the Dr. Henrietta S. Attles Meeting Room at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, 459 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Watchable online, including by Zoom.

Evaluating the superintendent

School Committee special meeting, 8 or 8:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesday. This is the meeting devoted to giving an evaluation for superintendent Victoria Greer, delayed from March 19. A 2022 evaluation of Greer deemed her “proficient,” while the 2023 evaluation by the committee aired some of the first official criticisms, ranking her overall performance as “needs improvement.” Since then have come open conflict at the Graham & Parks School over the latest in a series of concerning hiring processes and survey results showing well-being among district educators, administrators and staff under Greer as dragging along the bottom ranks of school districts nationwide. (The starting time for the meeting is different depending where one looks, but it is described as starting “immediately after the regular meeting.”) Watchable online, including by Zoom.

Housing agenda town hall

A Better Cambridge town hall, 8 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. The housing advocacy group A Better Cambridge hosts two sessions to hear from city councillors on their housing agenda for this term. This first session features Mayor E. Denise Simmons and councillors Burhan Azeem and Ayesha Wilson. (The second session is 7 to 8 p.m. April 11 with vice mayor Marc McGovern and councillors Sumbul Siddiqui and Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler.) Register for Session 1 here.