The Eliot School Family Council has launched a formal petition and expansion campaign. The grass roots effort aims to “resolve our crisis of space” that currently exists at the nearly 300 year-old Eliot K-8 public school located in the North End. The petition letter calls for “a long-term solution to the Eliot School’s expansion needs before the City of Boston-initiated sale of the buildings at 150 North Street and 130 – 140 Richmond Street is completed.” (See recent posts on the North St. buildings.)
The full petition can be read and “signed” at this Change.org link:
A message and letter from the Family Council are shown below. There is also a Facebook page.
There are 320 students currently enrolled at the Eliot School, part of the Boston Public School System, with a wait list of more than 400 children. Schools all across Boston are crowded; providing more space for one school alleviates pressure in other schools.
In the last two years, the students have boasted significant improvements in learning , with double digit increases in the percentage of students passing and achieving proficiency in the MCAS, across all grade levels and in nearly every subject.
Our enrollment will increase in September 2012, as we welcome a new round of students into PreK classrooms. There is simply no space to house all of our students.
We urge you to support our request to the City of Boston to resolve our crisis of space! Please sign in support.
We would be grateful if you could help us make a difference by forwarding this to your friends and neighbors. Every signature counts. With students coming from the North End, Beacon Hill, East Boston, Back Bay, Bay Village, the Leather District, Charlestown, Allston, Brighton, South End, Dorchester, the West End, and Downtown – solving this problem would truly positively impact families all over the City of Boston.
We also invite you to Like our Facebook Page!
If you need more information or would like to volunteer to directly help us with this cause, email us at email@example.com
Very Truly Yours,
Eliot School Family Council
Expand the Eliot School!!
Dear Boston Neighbor,
The Eliot School and its entire community request your support in our Expansion Campaign.
Simply put, we are bursting at the seams and we need more space. Next year, the school will welcome even more students and we already have a wait list of over 400 children. Some of our classes are spilled over into borrowed space in other buildings to help accommodate us. We are very grateful to the North Bennett Street School and the Nazzarro Center for lending us their space. This is not a permanent solution however and is one that will already be inadequate as of September 2012. Our City officials are aware of the problem. We are urging them to identify and commit to both a short term plan for September 2012 and a long-term expansion plan for the Eliot School from September 2012 and beyond.
It recently came to our attention that there has been significant action taken by the City that could impact the Eliot School. On January 11th, 2012 the City of Boston released a Request for Proposal for the largest vacant city-owned property in downtown Boston. The sale of this property, located at 150 North Street and 130 – 140 Richmond Street in the North End, could play a strong role in helping to resolve the Eliot School’s space needs.
We must request that the Boston Public Schools and the City of Boston detail a long-term solution to the Eliot School’s expansion needs before the City of Boston-initiated sale of the buildings at 150 North Street and 130 – 140 Richmond Street is completed. All options must be weighed appropriately in light of the Eliot School’s capacity crisis. Every possibility needs to be contemplated by the City in creating its short-term and long-term expansion plans for our school.
Your signature on a petition filled with others of concerned community members and voters will prompt expeditious action from our City officials. Time is of the essence because the bidding process is scheduled to close on February 16, 2012! To enlist in our Campaign, simply sign your name as indicated; please include your zip code.
If you have any questions or would like to know how you can directly help our cause, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Very truly yours,