Stop BPS Superintendent Johnson’s Plan to Uproot Mission Hill School K-8
  • Petitioned Mayor Thomas Menino

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Mayor Thomas Menino
Deputy Superintendent
Michael Goar
Massachusetts Governor
Deval Patrick
Boston Public Schools Superintendent
Carol R. Johnson
Boston City Council President
Stephen Murphy
Boston City Councilor
Felix Arroyo
Boston City Councilor
John Connolly
Boston City Councilor
Ayanna Pressley
Boston City Councilor
Salvatore LaMattina
Boston City Councilor
Bill Linehan
Boston City Councilor
Frank Baker
Boston City Councilor
Charles Yancey
Boston City Councilor
Rob Consalvo
Boston City Councilor
Tito Jackson
Boston City Councilor
Michael Ross
Boston City Councilor
Mark Ciommo
Boston City Councilor
Matt O'Malley

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

    1. SaveMission HillSchool
    2. Petition by

      SaveMission HillSchool

      Boston, MA

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.

 

 

Recent signatures

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    1. Reached 500 signatures
    2. Thanks for a Great First Week!

      SaveMission HillSchool
      Petition Organizer

      Dear Supporters:

      Thank you very much for responding with the first wave of support for our cause!

      This petition is a crucial asset in showing our elected officials and their appointed administrators that their actions--even toward a community as small as MHS K-8 and the Mission Hill neighborhood--are being seen by a much wider public.

      Please help us to build our support network. If each of you could get just one more supporter to sign today, the difference would be enormous.

      Thanks again for speaking out against Boston public servants' disservice to their city.

      Have a wonderful weekend--

      SMHS

      Parents and Residents Opposed to the Uprooting of MHS K-8

    3. Boston Neighborhoods United!

      SaveMission HillSchool
      Petition Organizer

      In press regarding the planned uprooting our our school, BPS Superintendent Carol R. Johnson has positioned the plan as a benefit to Jamaica Plain. But as public awareness on this issue rises we have been happy to note that JP residents are holding true to their reputation for social consciousness and are repudiating the plan. To wit, the many JP signatures on our petition.

      As one JP supporter of our petition writes: "The departure of this school from the neighborhood leaves only one local elementary school for children in that neighborhood, and moves the school to an area where families already have many good local options. This strikes me as a move against equity and a blow to the Mission Hill families who are working to keep that neighborhood a viable place to raise children."

      This is a petition not only on behalf of the children of MHS K-8 and the Mission Hill neighborhood, but toward the cause of unity across neighborhoods. Thank you, BOSTON!

    4. BPS Family Pride

      SaveMission HillSchool
      Petition Organizer

      From our Facebook cause page: SMHS IS VERY PROUD to be part of the BPS family community! Despite an administrative process that pitted school against school, our strongest impression is of how deeply supportive school families are of each other, given the chance. Thanks, BLA -- and thanks BAA! This from a recent supporter of our petition: "Even though, we, with a student at Boston Arts Academy, in a way benefit from the proposed move, I still oppose it. Insufficient discussion preceded the decision, which clearly seemed rushed to avoid incurring the Hyde Park High debt load."

    5. Heading to 200 -- Thank you!

      SaveMission HillSchool
      Petition Organizer

      Dear Supporters,

      When basic standards of civility are broken by our civil servants, we must take action right away. It is no trivial thing to uproot a school from the community that founded it, though bureaucrats in charge of this effort have tried to frame it as rote policy. As one of you wrote: "There has always been a synergy between neighborhood and school. Any urban planner will tell you that institutions such as Mission Hill School help provide the cohesion and sense of community necessary for a neighborhood to flourish." We think the reverse is true, too. Our children need their school neighborhood as much as the neighborhood needs our school. Thanks for speaking up, loud and clear, on behalf of those who can't self-advocate. Please help us to sustain that voice. Keep spreading the word to friends, and help the cause of justice for the youngest residents of our--and any--city.

      Save Mission Hill School
      http://chn.ge/SaveMission

    6. Reached 100 signatures
    7. Almost at our First Goal!

      SaveMission HillSchool
      Petition Organizer

      Many, many thanks to our first wave of supporters! We are only 4 signatures away from our first goal of 100, all thanks to your willingness to jump right on board and advocate for Boston public school children. Please ask your friends to sign the petition, as well. Grassroots movements succeed because people like you are willing to spread the word! Thank you -- http://chn.ge/SaveMission

    8. Reached 50 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Kristopher Moreau BOSTON, MA
      • almost 2 years ago

      This neighborhood has come a long way. This isn't the time to back pedal.

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    • Stephanie Lewis QUINCY, MA
      • about 2 years ago

      I love this school and have wonderful memories. Let the future make wonderful memories too.

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    • Mary Beth Hertz PHILADELPHIA, PA
      • about 2 years ago

      I am signing to protect a strong school community from being torn asunder.

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    • Iova Dineva BOSTON, MA
      • about 2 years ago

      Please do not destroy schools. Instead of making bigger schools that need bussed students, make more, and smaller schools that can serve their immediate neighborhood. Do not destroy one school or the sake of another.

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    • Lisa Jeanne Graf BOSTON, MA
      • about 2 years ago

      I believe that neighborhood schools that are thriving should be supported and left where they are. If it is possible for to expand great, if not a good small school is still a benefit to a community. Better to spend money on new schools or improve the academic, arts, etc.. at struggling schools. The best schools are the ones that serve their students individual needs. Often this is done by listening to the needs of a particular community and using the resources from that community well. Moving a school can break a lot of the things that make a school work.

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