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Petitioning Mayor Thomas Menino and 16 others

Stop BPS Superintendent Johnson’s Plan to Uproot Mission Hill School K-8

The relocation of Mission Hill School K-8 from Mission Hill to Jamaica Plain “makes no sense,” as Councilor John Connolly stated at the 11.14.2011 Boston City Council Hearing on the proposed uprooting of the school.

 

It makes no sense for the school. Mission Hill School has thrived in its location for 15 years, nurturing a close-knit and vibrant student community, 60% of which currently lives within walking distance. Mission Hill School parents, staff, and neighbors expressed their vocal opposition to the uprooting. The plan “destroys the future of a community and severely weakens one of your greatest schools,” said Councilor Mike Ross to the Boston Schools Committee.

 

It makes no sense for Roxbury. Area residents would suffer the loss of an in-demand, high-performing neighborhood school just as Boston proposes to transition into neighborhood-based student assignment. “We need to make sure this school stays,” Councilor Tito Jackson stated at the above-mentioned hearing.

 

It makes no sense for Boston. The City Council is currently reviewing a $20.8 million loan order submitted by Boston Public Schools to cover relocation plan costs. BPS has earmarked a staggering $12 million of the loan for the alteration of the Mission Hill building to accommodate an incoming high school, when the facilities already suit Mission Hill School, as is.

 

In May of 2012, Boston City Councilors are preparing to vote on the loan order. Serious questions have already been raised regarding the escalating expenses. As a recent Boston Globe editorial stated: “Until the Council can determine the true costs and intentions of the school department, the loan order should be put on hold.”

 

Please sign this petition to tell Boston City Councilors and Mayor Thomas Menino to reject the plan to move Mission Hill School. For the sake of Boston, for the sake of Roxbury, and for the sake of Mission Hill School, we need to make sure this school stays in Mission Hill.

 

 

Letter to
Mayor Thomas Menino
Boston City Councilor Mark Ciommo
Boston City Councilor Michael Ross
and 14 others
Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson
Boston City Councilor Rob Consalvo
Boston City Councilor Charles Yancey
Boston City Councilor Frank Baker
Boston City Councilor Bill Linehan
Boston City Councilor Salvatore LaMattina
Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley
Boston City Councilor John Connolly
Boston City Councilor Felix Arroyo
Boston City Council President Stephen Murphy
Boston Public Schools Superintendent Carol R. Johnson
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick
Deputy Superintendent Michael Goar
Boston City Councilor Matt O'Malley
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Mayor Thomas Menino.

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Stop BPS Superintendent Johnson’s Plan to Uproot Mission Hill School K-8

The relocation of Mission Hill School K-8 from Mission Hill to Jamaica Plain “makes no sense,” as Councilor John Connolly stated at the 11.14.2011 Boston City Council Hearing on the proposed uprooting of the school.

It makes no sense for the school. Mission Hill School has thrived in its location for 15 years, nurturing a close-knit and vibrant student community, 60% of which currently lives within walking distance. Mission Hill School parents, staff, and neighbors expressed their vocal opposition to the uprooting. The plan “destroys the future of a community and severely weakens one of your greatest schools,” said Councilor Mike Ross to the Boston Schools Committee.

It makes no sense for Roxbury. Area residents would suffer the loss of an in-demand, high-performing neighborhood school just as Boston proposes to transition into neighborhood-based student assignment. “We need to make sure this school stays,” Councilor Tito Jackson stated at the above-mentioned hearing.

It makes no sense for Boston. The City Council is currently reviewing a $20.8 million loan order submitted by Boston Public Schools to cover relocation plan costs. BPS has earmarked a staggering $12 million of the loan for the alteration of the Mission Hill building to accommodate an incoming high school, when the facilities already suit Mission Hill School, as is.

In May of 2012, Boston City Councilors are preparing to vote on the loan order. Serious questions have already been raised regarding the escalating expenses. As a recent Boston Globe editorial stated: “Until the Council can determine the true costs and intentions of the school department, the loan order should be put on hold.”

I am signing this petition to tell Boston City Councilors and Mayor Thomas Menino to reject the plan to move Mission Hill School. For the sake of Boston, for the sake of Roxbury, and for the sake of Mission Hill School, we need to make sure this school stays in Mission Hill.
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Sincerely,