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BREAKING: School Committee designates Baldwin location for ninth elementary school

BREAKING: School Committee designates Baldwin location for ninth elementary school

Louie Goldsmith, Co-Editor-in-Chief

October 13, 2016


Filed under Hard News, News, Showcase, Uncategorized

A joint board of Selectmen and school committee members voted Thursday night to construct a new elementary school at the Baldwin site. The site was chosen after it received a majority of support from both the five-person Board of Selectmen and the nine-person school committee. The meeting took place...

Firefighter in discrimination lawsuit fired by town

Firefighter in discrimination lawsuit fired by town

Valentina Rojas, Breaking News Managing Editor

October 5, 2016


Filed under Conversations on Race, Hard News, News, Showcase

Former Brookline firefighter Gerald Alston was fired by the Board of Selectmen Wed. Oct. 5, at a public hearing that he requested, according to the Boston Globe. Alston, who is Black, is currently a plaintiff in a discrimination lawsuit against the town stemming from a 2010 incident where a superior left him a voicemail that included a racist epithet. Alston has not worked since 2013, when he was placed in ...

School committee and BEU sign agreement

School committee and BEU sign agreement

Leon Yang, Co-Editor-in-Chief

September 23, 2016


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According to a statement by the School Committee, it has reached an agreement with the Brookline Educator's Union in contract negotiations, specifically with teachers in the BEU's Unit A. Read it below: "The Brookline School Committee (BSC) is very pleased that after another mediation sessi...

Q&A with Associate Dean Alexander regarding fight in front of high school

Q&A with Associate Dean Alexander regarding fight in front of high school

Cleo Falvey and Valentina Rojas

September 16, 2016


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On Monday, Sep. 12, a fistfight occurred between two girls on the steps outside after school. During the Tuesday advisory following the fight, an announcement was made by Interim Headmaster Anthony Meyer about the role of bystanders in the fight. The Sagamore sat down for a Q&A with Associ...

Meeting about new Identity Curriculum discusses individuality in classroom setting and learning environment

Meeting about new Identity Curriculum discusses individuality in classroom setting and learning environment
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Jason Altshuler, Breaking News Writing Editor

September 3, 2016


Filed under Conversations on Race, Hard News, News, Showcase

Teachers met at the high school on Tuesday, August 30 to discuss the new Identity Curriculum that has been created with plans of being piloted this school year.   Motivated by race-related incidents at the national, town and school level, a group of faculty and students met in the spring and sum...

UPDATE: New discrimation lawsuit filed by former Brookline Police Officers

UPDATE: New discrimation lawsuit filed by former Brookline Police Officers

Haley Bayne, Editor-in-chief

June 23, 2016


Filed under Conversations on Race, Hard News, News, Showcase

On June 20, Officers Prentice Pilot and Estifanos Zerai-Misgun filed a new lawsuit against the Town of Brookline in Massachusetts Supreme Court, according to a statement from their lawyers. In Dec. 2015, Pilot and Zerai-Misgun alleged racial discrimination within the Brookline Police Department, which...

Diversity Hiring Committees face complications

Diversity Hiring Committees face complications

Susanna Kemp, Staff Writer

June 14, 2016


Filed under Conversations on Race, Hard News, In-Depth, News, Showcase

The English and social studies departments have had difficulty hiring their preferred candidates of color this spring due to two roadblocks: salaries that do not honor out of state teaching experience and a state-mandated Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) endorsement, which verifies a teacher’s ab...

Meyer chosen as Interim Headmaster

Meyer chosen as Interim Headmaster

Louie Goldsmith, Opinions Editor

June 9, 2016


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Interim Superintendent Dr. Joseph Connelly and Incoming Superintendent Andrew Bott announced at a meeting on the morning of Thursday, June 9 that Dean Anthony Meyer will serve as Interim Headmaster during the 2016-17 school year.

Elevated lead rates in water were false alarm

Elevated lead rates in water were false alarm

Valentina Rojas, Arts Managing Editor

June 2, 2016


Filed under Hard News, News, Showcase

In an email sent to Baker and high school parents by interim superintendent Joseph J. Connelly, he quotes from the MWRA statement and apology after they mistakenly reported on the water tests done at the two schools. “"MWRA mistakenly reported that two samples from Brookline schools...

Letter to parents informing of elevated lead in water fountain

Letter to parents informing of elevated lead in water fountain

Valentina Rojas, Arts Writing Editor

June 2, 2016


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Alan Balsam, Director of Health and Human Services in Brookline sent out an email to parents regarding the elevated rates of lead found in the water fountain in the Unified Arts building. In his email, sent June 1, he explained the response of the Town, which is to turn off al water fountains inside...

BEU gathers for demonstration in front of annual Town Meeting

BEU gathers for demonstration in front of annual Town Meeting

Leon Yang, Sports Writing Editor

May 25, 2016


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Over a hundred members of the Brookline Educators Union gathered outside the annual Brookline Town Meeting on Tuesday, May 24 to urge elected Town Meeting members to pressure the School Committee to cooperate in contract negotiations. Devotion teacher Daniel Lipton said that the aim of the BEU’s demonstration was to ...

Man target shooting with air rifle causes Baker School lockdown

Man target shooting with air rifle causes Baker School lockdown

Jillian Goldstein, Staff Writer

May 24, 2016


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The sounds of gun shots coming from the Hoar Sanctuary behind the Baker School were reported to the Brookline Police on May 23 at 8:30 a.m. Baker was immediately put into a lockdown to protect the students, and an investigation followed in the area. After the investigation, the police stopped a man with a...

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