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Former Agassiz School Would House Mission Hill K-8 School

A proposal by Boston Public Schools Superintendent Carol Johnson would move the Mission Hill School from the building it shares with New Mission High. The school would add kindergarten classes.

The , which was shut down by school officials this summer, could have new life as a kindergarten through eighth grade school.

Today Boston Public Schools Superintendent Carol Johnson announced a plan that would, amid other changes, move Mission Hill School from the building it shares with New Mission High School. Kindergarten would be added to the school.

The School Committee meets tonight to hear more about the plan, which Johnson claims will "expand access to excellence by offering approximately 700 more seats in some of our highest-performing schools."

According to the Boston Globe, the old Agassiz would also house a new high school, the Margarita Muñiz Academy. Classes would be taught in Spanish and English, as is done at the Hernandez School in Egleston Square.

Check back with JP Patch later for more on this developing story.

Deb Nam-Krane October 25, 2011 at 07:19 PM
I do not feel good about this. The Agassiz has been known to be a sick building for a long time. Unless they are going to do some extensive facility upgrades, they should not move more people in there. http://jamaicaplaingazette.com/2010/12/17/agassiz_school_set_to_close/
jshore October 30, 2011 at 06:39 PM
I agree, a sick building should not be populated with children. BPS wants to move Court Street to Dudley Street why not move BPS administrative offices to the Agassiz Building instead? Then the community would be assured that the building was fixed correctly. It is close to the MBTA and there is parking. I am concerned about the safety issue that will be created by opening the new Margarita Muñiz High School in such close proximity to English High and the Burke High School. Given that, the Burke and English are under populated and just down the street, do we really need another high school anyway? Wouldn’t the money be better spent creating the program in the Burke or English High? Both schools have large bilingual populations that would benefit. One of the reasons cited by the superintendent when she closed and consolidated the small high schools last year was the cost of the administrative positions. These small schools, serving fewer than 400 students, still require a headmaster, assistant headmaster, SPED director, department directors, nurse, guidance, social workers, discipline directors, and their respective support staff. It seems to me that this program can be absorbed into the under populated high schools, using the administrative staff already in place, then use the money saved to hire additional teachers who are in direct service to all students in the building.
jshore October 30, 2011 at 06:42 PM
Also, rumor has it that the new “director,” of the proposed Margarita Muñiz Academy, was an unsuccessful educational vendor at the BPS under-performing high school she serviced. Yet, on the eve of a “no confidence” vote by staff at that school, she was hired by the BPS to lead this new “innovation” school! Why aren’t we hiring from within? Why is BPS going to outside educational vendors, who have only replicated services we already have in-house, and have failed us? When is the public hearing on this appointment being held?

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