Mayor changes his mind opts out of Pope John
By Josh Resnek
Mayor Carlo DeMaria rejected the need for Pope John to be rehabbed into classroom space Monday night in a surprise announcement to the city council.
He told the city council unequivocally, he will not allow the Pope John rehab to be done.
He reversed his public promise to abide by the wishes of the city council to rehab the former Pope John High School to relieve overcrowding in the public schools.
The mayor revealed no work is being done on an RFP for Pope John.
He rejected the widely held belief that overcrowding relief was needed post haste. He reinforced that mindset by reminding the city council that overcrowding is a problem everywhere in Gateway City public schools. He said class sizes were larger when he went to public school in Everett more than 35 years ago.
Everett’s public schools are 84% Black, Brown and Hispanic in a city where the lack of racial equity is now being investigated by the US Attorney’s office and the Department of Justice.
“We need something right now,” Councilor Stephanie Smith told the mayor during a strained exchange.
“Another school is a necessity,” she repeated to the mayor.Continue reading ““I’m not going to renovate Pope John””