Overcrowding and a new high school

We reported last week that efforts to getting a new high school on the gas burner with the state agency responsible for such things is looking very slim.

Everett is seeking a new high school that is estimated to cost $500 to $550 million, a gargantuan sum of money for any community let alone Everett.

Actually, a new high school approved by the state is looking almost impossibly unlikely, given the lack of funding by the state for new facilities such as high schools, and their spiraling costs.

As we reported last week, the state might possibly pay about 50% of the total cost of a new Everett High School.

This would leave the city $250 million short of paying the bill for a new high school. Where would that come from?

The taxpayers.

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Predicting the hope for a new high school could be 8-10 years away

Superintendent of Schools Priya Tahiliani shown speaking to the council about the possibility of a new high school Monday night. (Photo by Josh Resnek)

By Josh Resnek

A resolution requesting authorization for the Superintendent of Schools Priya Tahiliani to submit a Statement of Interest to the Massachusetts School Building Authority passed unanimously Monday night at the city council meeting.

The measure scored a 9-0 vote.

The statement will be submitted post haste. To that extent, Tahiliani will be expressing the city’s interest in building a new high school with the intent to eliminate/prevent current and future overcrowding in the Everett Public Schools with a detailed request.

The EHS facility has a present student population of 1,800, a full 440 students over capacity.

This was the second time Tahiliani has been asked to submit such a proposal.

Last year, she made such a submission only to be informed in January that Everett had not been chosen by the school building authority for a new high school.

The new high school the city is seeking is believed to cost about $500 million.

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Huge new apartment developments changing an entire corner of city

The former Stop and Shop facility on the parkway is being demolished and trucked away to a landfill. (Photo by Joe Resnek)

By Josh Resnek

As the former Stop and Shop site disappears, preparations for hundreds of new apartment house units are moving ahead at full speed as this long lost quarter of the city is being remade into one of the most densely populated in the city.

For decades, the area where the Stop and Shop operated from Everett to Chelsea line wasteland.

Emptiness abound.

Not anymore.

A first major development completed last year brought more than 600 units. Another project brought hundreds more.

Now the Stop and Shop parcel is set for another 600-700 units.

Something like 1500 new units of upscale housing have been built or are being built in this area which once housed a trash transfer station and a bunch of empty, polluted lots of land.

The density of the new housing in this formerly empty space is a stunning example of how new development in Everett is giving shape and form to a future far different than anyone might have expected 25 years ago, ten years, even five years ago.

The Parkway, in other words, is giving birth to an enormous boom in the construction and the completion of upscale housing such as never experienced here in Everett, or in other cities like Revere and Malden bordering Everett.

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Overcrowded public schools

Years, months and weeks have passed since the overcrowded public schools crisis came into the public light.

The Pope John saga has lost its legs, so to speak.

There is no rush by the city to do anything to reduce overcrowding.

Everett dragging its legs on this key issue at a time when the federal government is probing racism and discrimination here is probably not a good idea.

The confidence of some public officials that we are untouchable and that Everett will not be harmed or changed by the federal probe, we think, is a big mistake.

When the law is looking around at you, it is a good time to be transparent and to do the right thing.

It is not a good time to stick one’s head into the sand like an ostrich and to believe the headache will go away.

The city not rushing to reduce overcrowding in the public schools is the kind of inertia that reflects very poorly on leadership here.

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School debacle about mayor wanting things his way or no way all the time

The mayor wants modular (above) over brick and mortar.

By Stephen Pinto

The mess of finding additional school space (modular’s) has now been dumped in the mayor’s lap where it belongs.

Everett’s school mess has been years in the making as the administration turned a blind eye to overcrowding.

The administration was more focused on sucking up to Steve Wynn and building a casino than in eradicating overcrowding.

We were told by our politicians that Everett taxpayers basically struck gold with Wynn.

Well that couldn’t be further from the truth.

When you have to take $7 million dollars of free cash to hold the line on taxes you know something is wrong.

That $7 million dollars could be put to better use for so many other issues in the city.

I’ll say it again.

The City Councilors needs to do their job.

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