Many Everett folks from all walks of life who have lived in the city for the past decade or longer, have very firm ideas about the condition of the city.
Many say the city is worse off than it was ten years ago.
They complain it is more crowded, more difficult to park and drive around, and more dangerous.
Many more say it was better in the old days, when life was more predictable than it is today, when everyone’s memory point to the entire population paying attention to the law and following rules and regulations and watching out for each other.
Many say Everett is better than it was ten years ago – and they point to all the new real estate development and improvements that have been made. All the parks have been redone. New schools have been built. Road and drainage problems have nearly been erased. The city is clean and orderly.
Each successive generation of people living here and across the nation believe their generation was better than the one that came before.
It is known for a fact all generations are essentially the same – a bit like the tide coming in and the tide going out, the seas rising and the seas falling, the tides and the seas are eternal.
During the past ten years the school population has exploded and is continuing to expand.
The new schools are overcrowded. The teaching institution is taxed to the point of breaking. The school population is diverse, poor, struggling, and most of our public school students cannot read or write with ease and understanding in English or in their native languages.
A request for an assistant to the superintendent from the new superintendent Priya Tahiliani was approved unanimously by the School Committee during Monday night’s meeting.
The job does not need to be advertised.
Tahiliani will be choosing her assistant without interference from the School Committee.
A salary for the new employee was not publicly discussed but will likely come up for discussion.
Whether or not the new assistant will receive a contract is another matter, although it is likely the School Committee must interview Tahiliani’s choice and then vote to hire her and to create a contract.
This new hire slightly complicates Tahiliani’s official March 1 starting date.
First of all, acting superintendent Janice Gauthier has announced she is not leaving until school ends in June.
Boys basketball – After starting the season with a loss against one of the regions top teams in Catholic Memorial, the Tide have reeled off 3 straight wins against Revere, Medford and Belmont to improve to 3-1 overall. “ We’ve won 3 in a row since our opening loss to CM. We’ve gotten after it defensively. Omar Quilter, Dimitry Philippe and Brandon Johnson have led the way setting the tone on that end. Offensively, Omar Quilter, Dimitry Philippe, John Monexant and Franky Aubourg have all led the team with balanced scoring,” said head coach Stanley Chamblain. They hit the court next at the BABC Classic on Friday (Tech Boston, 12:20pm) and Saturday (Scituate, 3:00pm). After the road trip, they return home to play Lynn Classical January 3rd (7PM).