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Build BPS Meeting (Timilty) - Shared screen with speaker view
Margarita Ashton, Spanish Interpreter
29:41
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livie-french
34:57
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Patricia Neal
48:05
Will the Mendell Elementary (k-5) be getting a 6th grade?
Brenda Crowley
50:57
Will busses be offered for Timilty students who choose the Dearborn? Many of our students take the T.
Grace Wai - BPS Schl Supt
52:35
@Patricia, I believe the school does not have space for grade 6
Grace Wai - BPS Schl Supt
53:35
@Brenda, students will have to use the T unless the have transportation written into their IEP.
Brenda Crowley
53:53
@ Grace - thanks!
Leon Rivera
54:00
Thank you
Brenda Cassellius
54:37
Here is the link to the air quality reports
Brenda Cassellius
54:39
https://www.bostonpublicschools.org/Page/8435
Brenda Cassellius
55:03
https://www.bostonpublicschools.org/Page/8463
Leon Rivera
55:16
Thank you
Grace Wai - BPS Schl Supt
55:36
@Brenda, the Dearborn is within easy walking distance from Nubian Sq
Patricia Neal
56:16
Will k-5 schools jus be closed?
donna menefee
58:23
is the school closing permanently or closing for renovations?
Yahaira Lopez
58:45
Great question, especially families who are English Language Lerners!
Brenda Cassellius
59:31
I’m sorry but I will need to step out. I want to appreciate everyone for your time and look forward to working with the community through this process of repurposing the Timilty to serve the community
Jamie Racanelli - BPS
01:00:02
The school will not be closed permanently. It will be renovated and used as a school moving forward
Brenda Crowley
01:00:20
What is the timeline for the renovations?
Cheryl Ashley
01:00:48
After renovation of the Timilty, can we expect this stake in the community to remain the Timilty School?
Jamie Racanelli - BPS
01:01:16
The timeline will depend on the future use, which we will talk more about shortly
Jennifer Rose-Wood
01:01:27
I also want to piggy-back on Ms Boynton’s question. I am not sure how many Timilty family members are here tonight? Also, students and teachers were not directly invited, and community members received mixed messages about if they could attend. So far, this process does not feel as inclusive as it could and should be.
Patty mccormick
01:01:31
What are the projected class sizes for elementary and high school under this plan?
Jamie Racanelli - BPS
01:03:29
Class sizes will not change as a result of this change, if I'm understanding the question correctly.
Yahaira Lopez
01:08:11
Classroom size is major issue in most public school, especially schools in low income communities where the make up is predominately BIPOC. BPS is already stretched with classroom size, which often goes over the contractual agreement with the teachers union. A student with an educational plan can NOT learn in over crowded classroom. Let help put a pause to the school to prison pipeline with special education students being the prime candidates to this pipeline.
Jennifer Rose-Wood
01:09:20
@ Yahaira, I agree. School closures disproportionately hurt BIPOC students and vulnerable populations like students with LDs.
Marisa Luse
01:09:35
@Grace can you please share those stats on demographics
Leon Rivera
01:09:37
Would BPS be willing to host info/sessions at the school in the meantime to get parents more involved in this process?
Grace Wai - BPS Schl Supt
01:10:05
@Marisa - happy to:
Grace Wai - BPS Schl Supt
01:10:07
Reimagine schools that will serve children reflective of our communityNearly 50% first language not English30% who are English learners22% Students with disabilities40% Hispanic30% African American15% White9% Asian
Ethan D'Ablemont - Burnes
01:11:10
@Ms.Lopez, Thank you for highlighting this issue. Please email me @edablemontburnes@bostonpublicschools.org and I’d be happy to address. We are working to increase inclusion so that we can eliminate the school to prison pipeline. Also, we keep a careful eye on class size and want to know when there are issues. Parents play a key role in improving our programming so do please reach out. Thank you.
Grace Wai - BPS Schl Supt
01:11:44
@Patty: Class Size - K-2 = 22, 3-5 = 25, 6-8 = 28. I’m not sure about HS
Jamie Racanelli - BPS
01:12:59
HS is 31, but those numbers are for general education classrooms only. Specialized programs for English Learners and students with disabilities are lower and can vary by program.
Grace Wai - BPS Schl Supt
01:13:33
@Jamie - yes, good point.
Patrice iPhone
01:17:48
Yes! TY, Ms.Rose-Wood
Patty mccormick
01:17:57
What safety measures will be in place around bathroom usage, entrance/exits as B
Jennifer Rose-Wood
01:23:43
@ Marisa Luse agreed and thank you for bringing up how many rich resources for Black and Latinx history there are right here in the n’hood. These can provide powerful culturally responsive and inclusive learning opportunities for students, in line with BPS’s priorities.
Marisa Luse
01:24:48
@Jennifer, Thank You! It’s important for not only the space, but our greater community.
Grace Wai - BPS Schl Supt
01:30:01
@Cheryl - Yes - the office and main entrance together
Patrice iPhone
01:30:59
Yes well said, Ms. Ashley
Jennifer Rose-Wood
01:33:20
@ Leon, agreed and good question
Dennisse Rorie
01:34:07
CommunityEngagement@bostonpublicschools.org
Marisa Luse
01:34:14
It would be great to hear what the strategies have been use to get the word out to families.
Leon Rivera
01:34:22
Thank you Dennisse
Dennisse Rorie
01:34:30
Leon please email us we welcome and would love the support
Grace Wai - BPS Schl Supt
01:34:50
Grace Wai gwai@bostonpublicschools.org
Leon Rivera
01:34:57
Agreed Marisa
Monica Roberts
01:35:05
Myriam Ortiz, mortiz7@bostonpublicschools as well.
Wendy Marrero
01:37:20
is the district open to hear from the community about other school configurations different from a k to 6 ?
Artemis Boynton
01:37:24
Yes BPS Central needs a formal, multi-point, measureable plan. Get innovative. The kids know how to do it! Involve them.
Patty mccormick
01:37:44
One suggestion is to survey and plan multiple meeting times as many parents are working.
Yahaira Lopez
01:38:05
We need to include the press as far as asking any journalist who support education to share in their media clips. As well asking local news paper, such as the Banner to help get the word out. Oh yes, text blast will be great.
Artemis Boynton
01:38:07
Tic tok videos etc.
Marisa Luse
01:41:40
The pandemic may have also impacted families ability to access emails and text messages. It might be helpful to survey parents to see what is the best way to contact them. You may also want to partner with other community stakeholders to also help promoting these community conversations in their newsletters, social media platforms, etc
Grace Wai - BPS Schl Supt
01:42:15
@Marisa - we also have a tool called Talking Points in the district , which has been quite successful
Grace Wai - BPS Schl Supt
01:43:04
Another tool we have underutilized is Clever
Artemis Boynton
01:43:06
Does anyone remember the tactics that were used back in 2014/15 when k-8 were being discussed in community meetings district-wide? Many Many community conversations took place, and were well attended.
Marisa Luse
01:46:45
Thanks Grace. This is awesome. It will be multi-prong approach. If there is an interruption in their online or phone service, then they may not get the message.
BPS Community Engagement
01:48:00
communityengagement@bostonpublicschools.org
BPS Community Engagement
01:48:11
buildbps@bostonpublicschools.org
BPS Community Engagement
01:48:33
https://www.bostonpublicschools.org/Page/8525
Dennisse Rorie
01:48:48
Thank you interpreters!
Jason Meland
01:48:58
Thank you, everyone, for being here and for your input!
Grace Wai - BPS Schl Supt
01:49:28
Thank you Jelani and engagement!
Monica Roberts
01:49:34
Thank you for sharing your feedback, tips, support and continued engagement.