Four Developers Vie for Old Everett High School Site

Jun 29, 2011 Full story: Everett Independent 53

Attorney Jill M. Barringer, chief procurement officer for the City of Everett, stands behind the four boxes containing the Requests for Proposals for the development of the old Everett High School located at 548 Broadway.

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production or not

Malden, MA

#1 Jul 3, 2011
I thought that the production company that just filmed at the high school offered to buy the old high school because it is the only empty school building still standing in U.S. It is cheeper for them to buy the building rather than them try to build set or scout locations and try to make them look like schools. Has anyone else heard anything about this too.
really

Chelsea, MA

#2 Jul 11, 2011
heard the same thing. now hearing that developers want to make it elderly housing. all that means is sec. 8 hoiusing!

mayor should get movie company to buy high school.
Everett Taxpayer

Medford, MA

#3 Jul 11, 2011
We don't need more housing. We have enough cars on our streets and kids in our schools. What we need is a Brazilian bakery or hair salon (just kidding).

Since: Nov 08

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#4 Jul 11, 2011
I believe the Women's Institute for Housing is Section 8. That means kids kids kids in public schools. Kids quickly become teens that have cars cars cars.

The other three, are developers, that do not say "who" they will rent the property out to. I know the 55 and older deal did not go well for the Old Devens School, so no one is interested in that.... and developers from Waltham could care less about over crowding issues in Everett. They are just in it to make a buck. There's a lot of unanswered questions here. The Charter School was the highest bidder and got rejected.
Everett Resident

Everett, MA

#5 Jul 11, 2011
Since the schools are over crowded, and SOMETHING needs to be done about that...why not just upgrade & update the old high and turn it into a city wide junior high for all children entering grades 6-8?
*That would free up the elementary schools

*Allow the children, city wide get to build relationships with each other before jumping from grade school to high school then get intermixed with eachother?

*Create more jobs for teachers, aides, janitors etc...
Concerned Mom

Boston, MA

#6 Jul 12, 2011
Because the neighbors don't want the traffic. What do you think is going to happen with Section 8 housing? Traffic was the excuse they used for the Charter School wanting the property even though the Charter School went around the neighborhood to introduce themselves and explain their vision for the old high school. What a shame that there was an opportunity to do good and the "Committee" voted down the highest bidder.

Since: Nov 08

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#7 Jul 12, 2011
I agree and was in favor of the charter school who was the highest bidder (so much for the bidding process around here) The school would have expanded which means more jobs in the school system. Maybe some parents would have taken their kids out of overcrowded public and into charter. And the best part would have been everyone would be gone by 3:00pm.....so the neighbors would have had plenty of parking at night! This city sux.
kiesman

Waltham, MA

#8 Jul 22, 2011
"It's the only empty school building still standing in the U.S." That's not a real comment is it? There are no empty schools in the entire country? How about the quincy one or any of the twenty in mass...

I heard that the time Squair McDonalds was the last surviving McDonadls in the country too...
everett

Medford, MA

#9 Jul 22, 2011
Why would you want to send your child to a charter school?
wow

Reading, MA

#10 Jul 25, 2011
They shouldn't be so quick to sell it off...gonna need it for all these kids coming into the school system and overcrowding the existing schools....total safety issue in itself....
Everett

Medford, MA

#11 Jul 25, 2011
wow wrote:
They shouldn't be so quick to sell it off...gonna need it for all these kids coming into the school system and overcrowding the existing schools....total safety issue in itself....
Apparently it would take millions to upgrade the old school. I think it would be better to deport all the illegals using our school system.
wow

Reading, MA

#12 Jul 26, 2011
There's no way all these kids live in the city....
liv

Medford, MA

#13 Jul 26, 2011
everett wrote:
Why would you want to send your child to a charter school?
Charter schools get high accreditations. It's like a private school, but only you do not pay the tuition and most go on to college, unlike Everett public school graduates.

The old high school should have been a charter school. No more overcrowding in the city, no parking problems but if you have Mayor Demaria's mind thought - he wants housing all over the city. Housing at the Devens School, Housing at the Old High School and housing at the Waters Ave project. This is NUTS. Where are all these people going to park, and go. Did you see the type of development for the old high school. One of them is section 8 and the other are women out of jail that wear the bracelets. Lets get real here.
Teachers

Boston, MA

#14 Jul 26, 2011
liv wrote:
<quoted text>
Charter schools get high accreditations. It's like a private school, but only you do not pay the tuition and most go on to college, unlike Everett public school graduates.
The old high school should have been a charter school. No more overcrowding in the city, no parking problems but if you have Mayor Demaria's mind thought - he wants housing all over the city. Housing at the Devens School, Housing at the Old High School and housing at the Waters Ave project. This is NUTS. Where are all these people going to park, and go. Did you see the type of development for the old high school. One of them is section 8 and the other are women out of jail that wear the bracelets. Lets get real here.
Charter schools can also easily get rid of lousy teachers because they're not beholden to the teacher's union. That's why the teacher's union is so against them.
Everett Citizen

Medford, MA

#15 Jul 26, 2011
I heard the teachers don't need to be certified either. I don't know if this is true but I want a certified teacher to teach my children.
hearsay

Medford, MA

#16 Jul 26, 2011
Everett Citizen wrote:
I heard the teachers don't need to be certified either. I don't know if this is true but I want a certified teacher to teach my children.
http://www.doe.mass.edu/charter/tech_advisory...

I hope you don't make your children's educational decisions on what you've "heard".
Actually Hearsay

Wakefield, MA

#17 Jul 26, 2011
While the DOE does say that teachers have to be certified within their subject matter/grade level, many are not. Unlike the district public schools that do not even consider hiring non-certified teachers, some charter schools skirt the issue (especially MV). Additionally, while district schools are required to hire (and only do) certified special education teachers and administration, charter schools are not. Furthermore, charter schools are not required to hire certified specialists (i.e. reading, Spanish, art, technology, etc). Check out MVRCS, the majority of their classroom teachers and specialists are NOT certified. To ad insult to injury in that particular instance, the board has no educational background or education and the admins haven't ever worked in any other school (or even have the appropriate credentials for their positions).
Just FYI
question

Boston, MA

#18 Jul 27, 2011
Would Mr Foresteir be in charge of any Charter schools in Everett too?

If no, then lets make them all Charters, or whatever it takes.
charter

Medford, MA

#19 Jul 27, 2011
Actually Hearsay wrote:
While the DOE does say that teachers have to be certified within their subject matter/grade level, many are not. Unlike the district public schools that do not even consider hiring non-certified teachers, some charter schools skirt the issue (especially MV). Additionally, while district schools are required to hire (and only do) certified special education teachers and administration, charter schools are not. Furthermore, charter schools are not required to hire certified specialists (i.e. reading, Spanish, art, technology, etc). Check out MVRCS, the majority of their classroom teachers and specialists are NOT certified. To ad insult to injury in that particular instance, the board has no educational background or education and the admins haven't ever worked in any other school (or even have the appropriate credentials for their positions).
Just FYI
I know someone who worked at MVRCS who wasn't certified BUT she was a highly educated Master's level math teacher. Extremely smart and great with kids. Regardless of certification, performance is measured and there are high expections for both teachers and students. Bad teachers get the boot unlike in public schools where they can't be fired very easily because of their union.
charter

Medford, MA

#20 Jul 27, 2011
charter wrote:
<quoted text>
I know someone who worked at MVRCS who wasn't certified BUT she was a highly educated Master's level math teacher. Extremely smart and great with kids. Regardless of certification, performance is measured and there are high expections for both teachers and students. Bad teachers get the boot unlike in public schools where they can't be fired very easily because of their union.
AND I have a good friend who's a public elementary school teacher who pretty much flunked math all through her school years. She recently got certfied to teach math at her school. I wouldn't want HER teaching my kids math. SHE even said it was a joke. I'd much rather have the one who actually majored in math and has her master's degree in math but that's just me.

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