New BPS chief to tour city schools, seek feedback

Superintendent Cassililus

Superintendent of Boston Public Schools (BPS) Brenda Cassellius will visit schools across the City over the next four months as part of a Community Engagement Tour. The tour will kick off at schools in Dorchester on Sept. 6th — the first day of school— and is designed to collect feedback from diverse community voices to shape BPS priorities.

Cassillius presented the tour plans--which involves public discussions in neighborhoods and parent groups across the city-- to the School Committee on Wednesday.

“A great education for every child is the goal shared by every Bostonian I’ve met since May,” Cassellius said, “Accomplishing that means we need to understand clearly what a great education means to everyone in every neighborhood in the city.”

Superintendent Cassililus and Mayor Walsh will visit the Jeremiah E. Burke High School and P.A. Shaw Elementary in Dorchester on Sept. 6. There will be a parent council meeting as part of the tour on Sept. 18 from 6:30 - 8 p.m. for Mattapan and Hyde Park schools, with a location TBD. A Dorchester and Roxbury schools parent council meeting is scheduled for Oct. 2 from 6- 7:30 p.m. at the Perkins BCYF Community Center.

“Superintendent Cassillius is doing a tremendous job ensuring all voices across the city are heard and taken into action,” Mayor Martin Walsh said, “I encourage residents across Boston to come to a meeting with Dr. Cassellius to share thoughts and ideas of how we can make the Boston Public Schools even better.”

Information collected from the engagement tours will inform December updates to Superintendent Cassillius’ strategic policy plan to reflect diverse community voices throughout the fall.

By early December, Cassillius will have visited all 125 schools, held seven neighborhood-specific town hall style community meetings, convened six school-parent council meetings and participated in 26 community sessions.

For a more complete list of school tours, town hall events and parent council meetings, visit this site.

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