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.