MSBA Accelerated Repair Program: We voted on and unanimously passed Mayor Walsh’s order authorizing the City of Boston to submit statements of interest to the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) for their Accelerated Repair Program for the following schools: Chittick Elementary School, East Boston High School, James Curley K-8, Joyce Kilmer K-8, Marshall/Up Academy K-8, O'Donnell School K-5, Oliver Perry K-8, Russell School K-5, Sumner School K-5, Timilty Middle School and Tobin School K-8. We also took the first of the two required votes to fund roof and boiler replacement projects at the following schools: Boston Latin School, James F. Condon Elementary School, John W. McCormack Middle School, Paul A. Dever Elementary School, and the William E. Channing Elementary School. It is important that necessary repairs are made in a timely manner to ensure that all school buildings provide safe and comfortable environments for the children of Boston.
Childcare Assistance to Homeless Families: We voted on and unanimously passed a resolution filed by Councilors Essaibi-George, Pressley, Campbell, and Wu in support of S257/HD3564, which is a bill proposed by State Senator Linda Dorcena-Forry and State Representative Marjorie Decker to make families living in homeless shelters immediately eligible for childcare assistance. This bill would provide access to subsidized full-time childcare to all families living in shelters. Homeless parents list lack of access to affordable early education and childcare as a significant barrier to gaining employment, searching for housing, and receiving education and the presence of full-time childcare aids in positive early development for children.