New Web Site Lets People Talk About BPS Master Plan

The Boston Public Schools (BPS) in partnership with Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s City Hall to Go, announced “BuildBPS Kitchen Table Talks,” which are “pop-up” spaces for Boston residents to engage with one another, as well as BPS staff, about the district’s 10-year educational and facilities master plan.

One of those meetings will be held in Charlestown on Aug. 10, and is expected to address the long-standing concerns over building conditions at the Warren Prescott School.

Based on the premise that the best conversations happen around the kitchen table, BPS and City Hall to Go will be bringing the kitchen table to Boston’s neighborhoods like Charlestown.

“The most important investment we can make is in our young people, and we do that by supporting their education and making sure they have the best opportunities and learning facilities available to them,” said Mayor Walsh. “These Kitchen Table Talks are a fun, innovative way to foster healthy dialogue around how we can better equip our students with the education, skills and facilities needed to meet the standards of 21st century learning.”

BuildBPS will provide a strategic framework for facilities investments, as well as curriculum and instruction reforms that are aligned with the district’s educational vision. BPS and the Mayor’s Education Cabinet are working with Symmes, Maini & McKee Associates (SMMA) to develop a comprehensive set of recommendations submitted to Mayor Walsh, Superintendent Tommy Chang, and Boston School Committee by the fall of 2016.  The project is guided by five advisory committees that include educators and representatives of parent and community partner organizations.

“It is great that BPS is partnering with the Mayor’s City Hall to Go effort to boost community engagement,” said Boston School Committee Chairperson Michael O’Neill. “The Committee looks forward to seeing the many more ways that BPS will engage the public in BuildBPS.”

For more information, visit: bostonpublicschools.org/buildbps.

The local BuildBPS Kitchen Table Talks schedule is as follows:

  • Wednesday, August 10

5-7 pm

Charlestown

Charlestown Farmers Market, Thompson Square

  • Thursday, August 25

5-7 pm

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