Last week was very special in Massachusetts as over forty school superintendents joined with local police chiefs in a most unique and most important meeting on a topic that will be on the top of our lists in the next year.
The presence of the Governor, the Education Secretary, Commissioner of Education and legislative leadership added to the announcement of the Governor’s funding proposal to assist in school safety issues with the hopes that added assistance can be provided in the protection of our school staff and students.
The most meaningful session was held in the library of Burlington High School, the home district of M.A.S.S. President Eric Conti, who coordinated the details of the meeting. What we saw in the number of superintendents and chiefs present is a huge manifestation of the need for Governor Baker’s proposal.
What I also saw in that meeting much more was the “coming together” of leaders who cared for this vital bill from all parts of Massachusetts, which was remarkable considering it was in the late afternoon hours on a late summer day.
Too often we see meetings that give you pause as to why you are there but not in this case, as a commitment to this safety issue was the spirit of the great meeting, giving time for questions plus the interaction of superintendents and chiefs, united with the Governor, education leaders and legislature for the good of our schools. The JETTY in this case will hopefully see the passage of this bill to move through the channel towards passage as soon as possible.
JETTY defined as a pier or structure of stones, piles or the like, projecting into the sea or other body of water to protect a harbor and deflect the current