Schools

Murphy School surprise: new principal named

Karen Cahill: Not commentingKaren Cahill: Not commenting

Students and staff at Dorchester’s Richard J. Murphy school will begin the academic year next week with a new leader after principal Karen Cahill was put on paid administrative leave this summer by the Boston Public Schools. Courtney Sheppeck, a sixth-grade teacher at the Murphy since 2001, will replace her as interim principal, the department said.

The details surrounding Cahill’s departure from one of the school system’s schools are still unclear. “Because this involves a confidential personnel matter, we cannot comment on the particular circumstances in this case,” BPS spokesman Lee McGuire told the Reporter in an email. We are focused on ensuring a great start to the school year for students, families, and staff at the Murphy.”  Read more

BPS back-to-school hotline is up and running

By 
Staff
Aug. 21, 2014

Boston Public Schools (BPS) parents can get back-to-school information and learn about school assignments by calling the multilingual BPS Back-To-School Hotline at 617-635-9046. Interim Superintendent John McDonough has launched the hotline early this year, at the end of June, to enhance customer service efforts for families with children in summer school. Since June 30, operators have responded to more than 2,000 calls and remain ready to answer a wide variety of questions from parents and students.  Read more

About that T lot in Mattapan Sq.

The state’s heavy investment in the Fairmount commuter rail line will soon be put to the economic test in a very tangible way: Two requests for proposals have been issued by the city of Boston in recent weeks to gauge interest in a pair of sites deemed as ideal for so-called “transit-oriented development.”  Read more

Codman Academy to begin work on its renovation of Lithgow Building

Renovations to start soon: The Lithgow Building in Codman Square will undergo a major interior renovation to create classroom space for its new owner, the Codman Academy Charter Public School.    Nereyda Rodriguez photoRenovations to start soon: The Lithgow Building in Codman Square will undergo a major interior renovation to create classroom space for its new owner, the Codman Academy Charter Public School. Nereyda Rodriguez photo

It won’t be obvious from the outside, but the 115-year-old Lithgow Building that anchors Codman Square is about to undergo a major transformation.  Read more

Senate takes up charter cap issue this week

By 
Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Jul. 14, 2014

The Senate this week will debate legislation to lift the cap on charter school enrollment in some school districts, entertaining a bill that is significant different from a bill that has passed the House and which includes a measure to tie a cap lift to state reimbursement funding.  Read more

Mather School Kids Make Presidential Pitch: Come to Our 375th Birthday Party!

By 
Staff
Jul. 11, 2014

YOU ARE INVITED from Mather Elementary on Vimeo.

The students of Mather Elementary School on Meetinghouse Hill will celebrate their 375th anniversary. The Mather was the first public elementary school in North America— and the school hopes that President and Mrs. Obama will come to Dorchester for the special event. The kids make a very strong case in the video.
#mather375 #hbdmather #HowCanHeNotCome  Read more

Charter school wants to buy T lot in Mattapan Square and move there

MBTA Lot: Roughly two dozen vehicles were parked in the T’s Mattapan lot early Monday afternoon. 	Lauren Dezenski photoMBTA Lot: Roughly two dozen vehicles were parked in the T’s Mattapan lot early Monday afternoon. Lauren Dezenski photo

A Hyde Park-based charter school is in talks to buy an MBTA parking lot in Mattapan Square and build a new school next to the T trolley and bus station along River Street. While the $1.5 million sale to Boston Preparatory Charter Public School, if executed, would fill the space at an often half-empty parking lot with a new building, it would also squelch earlier hopes for using the state-owned land as the anchor for a mixed-use, transit-oriented development – something that state lawmakers say should remain the top priority for the site.  Read more

Charter backers urge Senate to act on House bill

By 
Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Jun. 30, 2014

Charter school advocates rallied on Beacon Hill Monday for expansion legislation that has already cleared the House, pressing the importance of tackling the issue by the end of July and reminding lawmakers that the bill does more than simply lift the cap on enrollment.  Read more

Officials, parents focus on safety in plan for pupils to take T to school

By 
Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
Jun. 12, 2014

Come September, most seventh and eighth graders who attend Boston Public Schools (BPS) will swap a round-trip ride on a yellow city school bus for a student Charlie Card and a journey on the MBTA. The switch — approved this month by the School Committee— is not sitting well with some parents, according to news reports.

RELATED: BNN-TV reports on the BPS plan and the push-back  Read more

Proposed K-8 charter school plan to be reviewed tonight in Mattapan

By 
Jeanette Origel, Special to the Reporter
Jun. 10, 2014

A proposed four-story charter school building would be built between Blue Hill Avenue and Babson Street. Image courtesy KIPP

Representatives from a charter school that hopes to build a new campus on Blue Hill Avenue in Mattapan will detail their plans for the project at a community meeting organized by the Boston Redevelopment Authority this evening.  Read more