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"HE SCHOOL COMMITTEE OF THE CITY OF BOSTON 







BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS 

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY 

TO IHf SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

EDWAHD J. WINTER 



GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTS 

DEPARTMENT 
BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 



February 10, 1977 



Michael Batcher, Esq. 
Assistant Corporation Counsel 
Law Department 
City Hall 
Boston, MA 02201 

Dear Mr. Betcher: 

Enclosed are 20 copies of a document entitled, "Proposals 
of the Boston School Committee for Conditions for Termination 
of Receivership (of South Boston High School) v/ith Related 
Timetable", passed by the School Committee at the meeting of 
February 8, 1977. 

The Committee requests that this report be submitted to 
the Court in accordance with the Court order issued on 
January 27, 1977. 



\ery truly yours. 



Secretary to School Committee 



EJW:fjk 
Encs. 



cc: School Committee Members 
Superintendent Fahey 
Jeanne Sullivan, Implementation 



26 COURT STREET . BOSTON. MASSACHUSETTS 02108 • 726-6228 AREA 617 



:jv£rnment docum::jts 

DEPARTMENT 
BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRA^IY 



PROPOSALS OF THE BOSTON SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

FOR 

CONDITIONS FOR TERMINATION OF RECEIVERSHIP 

WITH 
RELATED TIMETABLE 



February 8, 1977 



■ SUBMITTED BY: 
M-iss Kathleen Sullivan. Chairperson 



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Accordingly, this document offers proposals concerning the 
following: 

- Continuation and Completion of the Objectives of 
the Receivership and Guarantees Relating to Programs, 
Students, Staff 

- Supervision or Monitoring of Desegregation at South 
Boston High School 

- Timetable for Termination of the Receivership 
Supervision or Monitoring of Desegregation at South Boston High School 



In this document the Committee has .made certain general and 
specific proposals and is amenable to other reasonable conditions for 
the termination of the receivership at South Boston High School. The 
suggestions which follow are made to emphasize the good faith of this 
!^ommittee - which assumed office after the imposition of the receiver- 
ship - to adhere to the several Court Orders relating to the desegre- 
gation of the Boston Public Schools and to realistic conditions for 
the termination of the receivership. 
!:on t inua t ion and Completion of the Objectives of the Receivership 



ind Guarantees Relating to Programs, Students and Staff 



The status report, subraiti.ed under separate cover, gives evidence 
)f the extent to which South Boston High School is in compliance with 
:he December 9th Receivership Order, the Student Desegregation Orders 
)f May 10, 1975 and May 3, 1976, and other remedial orders. To 
omplete or continue activities emanating from the aforementioned 
)rders, to guarantee continuation of efforts to stabilize and dese- 
gregate South Boston High School, and to ease any apprehensions on 
:he part of students, parents, staff and others concerned with South 
ioston High School, the School Commitee makes the following proposals: 



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A. General Proposals 

1. The Committee affirms its adherence to the letter and 
spirit of present or future Court Orders as such orders 
relate to student desegregation at South Boston High School. 

2. The Committee proposes to continue innovative educational 
programs which have been introduced on site and off site 
and which have the support of parents, students and faculty. 

3. The Committee proposes to continue efforts to improve the 
physical plant at South Boston High School and to maintain 
it at a level conducive to an effective teaching-learning 
environment . 

4. The Committee proposes to maintain close contact with state 
and city public safety agencies as well as with public and 
private social welfare, and community organizations for the 
purpose of addressing those matters relating to law and 
individual rights. 



B. Specific Proposals 

1. Student Desegregation 

a. The Committee will adhere to the school capacity, student 
assignment, address verification, and student transfer 
policies presently or in the future ordered by the Court 
relative to South Boston High School. 

b. The Committee will enforce regulations pertaining to 
student discipline, rights and obligations in a manner 
which is equitable for all students and is aimed at 
promoting and maintaining reacial harmony and educa- 
tional effectiveness. In particular, the Committee will 
be fair in its policies at South Boston High School 
relative to attendance, tardiness, suspensions, 
promotion, student organizations, and educational, 
recreational, and social activities. 

2. Administration and Staff: The School Committee agrees to 
waive any further rights of appeal it may have regarding 
the appointment of personnel at South Boston High School. 

3. Educational Program 



a. The Committee will support for the 1977-1978 academic 
year proposals for external funding related to basic 
educational or innovative programs submitted by South 
Boston High School if the proposals have the support 
of the Faculty Senate, Racial Ethnic Parents* Council, 
Home and School Association, Community District Ad- 
visory Council, Community Superintendent and the Board 



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Physical Plant 




The Committee will direct the Chif^f pi ^ t^ • " 
visit personally South Boston High s ^"^xneer to 
during the 1977-1978 academic 



School once a month 




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5. Safety and Security 

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b. The Committee will <iunnnrt n.« • -i 

south Boston Higi'sc^zrse u itrirrjr^trt^' ^ 

granted Emergency School Aid Act'cEsi:) f^^di^g"""''^ 

c. The Committee calls upon all resident<= ^ 
students to view the liftin. of t^r * P^^^^^s and 

new beginning for s t Ud en s f t So^ t h B^o^r"',^'".'^ ^"^ " 
and asks all to rive tho ^hT °''^^' Boston High School 

priority. Specifically the ? " "' ^°^''^' ^^^ highest 
forts of students parents^ Committee supports the ef- 
create harmony-^^So^^trB s o" H^rsih' organisations to 
Its students with the necessa ry skil l f ^ "k '° Provide 
and satisfaction in an increasinrlv . ? achieve success 
society. ^^->singly complex and challenging 



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Ti metable for Removal of Receivership 

Cognizant of the need for the Court to hold hearings on the 
termination of the receivership of South Boston High School, aware 
of the fact that certain directives of the Receivership Order on 
December 9, 1975 remain uncompleted, and desirous of eliminating 
tension at the High School, the Boston School Committee requests 
that the First Federal District Court accept the following time- 
table for removal of receivership: 



Proposals 

1. Submission of this document and the "Status 
Report" to Court (as scheduled on January 27, 

/1977) 

2. A hearing in Court on these proposals (as 
scheduled on January 27, 1977 

3. Designation of March 1, 1977 as the 
final date of receivership 



Request Dates for 
Orders from the Court 



February 11, 1977 
February 17, 1977 
February 24, 1977 



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