Boston School Would Create 700 New Seats, Supt. Says

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

About 700 new seats would be created under a proposal to expand several high-performing Boston schools, Superintendent Carol R. Johnson said.

Johnson confirmed the details of her proposal that were reported by the Globe, and also released the rest of her facilities proposal, which was being released at a School Committee meeting.

She also explained her decision to abandon an unpopular proposal to relocate Boston Latin Academy to the former Hyde Park High School. That proposal, pitched more than three months ago, sparked widespread protests from students, teachers, parents and alumni from Latin Academy, who did not want to leave their location at the Roxbury-Dorchester line near Grove Hall.

While Johnson said she thought there was adequate space at Hyde Park to accommodate Latin Academy -- an assertion that opponents disagree with -- she said she was motivated to drop the proposal because it lacked broad support from the school.

“It’s never our intent to create a stressful situation for families, students and staff,” Johnson said. “We heard from parents who thought [the proposed move] was a great idea, but we heard from many more parents who thought it wasn’t a great idea.”

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