In a letter of introduction to the report on the district website, Superintendent Galinski writes:
Although there were recommendations for elementary configurations in the [original] report, the only configuration that is being considered at this time is a middle school configuration for grades 5-8. The Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) has opened a window of opportunity to submit "statements of interest" (SOI) for districts who wish to conduct building projects in the future. The window will be opened until January.The report's recommendation reads as follows:
The proposed long-term solution is based on where we as a district want to go, with a solid foundation in educational principles. The school committee and administration support the following:
The letter also states that the School Committee will hold an informational meeting on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 7:00 PM in the Briscoe cafeteria to give community members a chance to ask questions and share concerns about the plan with the Committee.
- One grade 5-8 middle school at expanded, updated Memorial, subdivided into a Lower Middle School of 2-person teams for grades 5 and 6, and an Upper Middle School of 4-person teams for grades 7 and 8.
While many community members we have spoken with seem inclined to support the plan, most agreed that the speed at which it was being pushed toward a vote with an absence of public notice was troubling, as was the resistance, among some committee members, for allowing the public time to digest and comment on the report. We commend Committee President Annemarie Cesa for hearing our concerns, and slowing down the process enough to allow the public an opportunity to weigh in and understand the reasoning behind the recommendation, and its implications.
The two newspapers that cover the city have yet to mention the plan.