With the goal of speaking directly to parents who might need assistance or have suggestions for the Everett Public Schools, Ward 5 School Committee Member Marcony Almeida- Barros is launching monthly office hours in community-based organizations across the city, starting at La Comunidad, Inc, on Friday, September 27 at 5:30 pm. Office Hours will be in the evenings or weekends to give working parents flexibility and better accessibility to address their kids’ education. Almeida-Barros will also hold office hours at the Family Resource Center starting in October.
It is incomprehensible that two of the city’s top lawyers have not yet apologized to David Lindsey, who is a candidate for the School Committee.
We reported last week that Lindsey was humiliated, berated and talked down to by two city lawyers in a way that made him believe his civil rights were being violated when he came to city hall to file a challenge of School Committeeman Bernie D’Onofrio’s signatures on his nomination papers.
Not only did the city lawyers not know what they were talking about when they confronted Lindsey, but they had the wrong final date for signatures to be challenged.
by Josh Resnek
All eyes and ears, every element of the city’s heated political rumor mill, and even among the knowing city hall insiders, the Ward 6 contest is taking shape and form.
It will prove to be the race to watch.
The candidates and from whom they gather their political strength is at play.
At risk – absolutely nothing – except for pride and some added clout at city hall for the mayor and for Al Lattanzi if he can win.
Lattanzi is the first timer hoping to unseat the incumbent Michael Mclaughlin.
If Lattanzi is unable to perform an upset, he returns to his hard ware store in Main Street.
McLaughlin, if he defeats Lattanzi as he is saying he is going to do, would likely return to a city council where his stature will have risen by several marks for such a performance against so powerful and connected an opponent.
McLaughlin’s signatures were certified about 48 hours after he took out his nomination papers.
Lattanzi is still gathering his signatures.
School Committee Chairman Attorney Thomas Abruzzese is finding it difficult to attract community members willing to serve on the superintendent search committee.
In fact, he has so far found no one willing to be on the committee, putting the search into a new place.
He is extending the time allowed for stragglers to sign up, if there are any out there who are interested.
The school committee had hoped to have a robust input from the Everett community before making a choice of new superintendent.
The desire, as expressed by Abruzzese, was to enlist all kinds of parents and interested parties to participate in what he called a “nationwide” search.
By Josh Resnek
The search to replace interim Schools Superintendent Janet Gauthier will begin within 60-90 days, according to a non binding timeline set out by School Committeeman David Ela at a special meeting held at school administration headquarters on Vine Street
The search is expected to take 6-9 months. It requires that a search commission be chosen and that a proper advertisement be drawn up and then a search initiated. Continue reading School Committee Vows to Begin Search For a New Superintendent in 60-90 Days