Worcester Meetings, Midweek Update

This week: City Council hears about Triage Center, seeks answers on Willis Center, votes for anti-panhandling plan. Also: School Committee considers Common Core, Exam Schools. And: an Open Space meeting.

Recap: City Council meeting

  • Members of the Worcester Unemployment Action Group spoke at the meeting about safety and health concerns at the Triage Center (formerly the PIP shelter).

  • The Council will be seeking more information from state officials on the circumstances surrounding the ending of state contracts with the Willis Center and the transfer of those contracts to SMOC.

  • The Council asked the City Manager for a report on possible non-city funding for bike lanes in Worcester.

  • The City Council voted, 9-2, to implement anti-panhandling ordinances. A handout with some, but not all, of the ordinances is being distributed to frequent solicitors.

Preview: School Committee meetings

  • Teaching, Learning, and Student Supports Subcommittee Meeting: January 31 at 5:30pm (subcommittees meet in the 4th floor of the Durkin Administration Building). School Committee member Novick writes: “Two biggies on the agenda: an update on curriculum renewal, and the implementation on the Common Core standards.”

  • Ad Hoc Committee on the Establishment of an Exam School and/or Baccalaurate Program Meeting: Thursday, January 31, 7:30 PM. Ms. Novick also notes: “The Ad-Hoc committee will be reviewing two reports from administration: one from Mr. Perda regarding admissions, and one from Mr. Allen on budget. The committee will then vote to recess to executive session for the purposes of reviewing a draft report, which will be public next month.”

“Open Space” meetings

  • The next one is Jan 31.

    Every 5 to 7 years the City of Worcester crafts a plan for what unprotected open spaces are important to conserve, and what efforts should be taken to improve the ponds, meadows, wetlands, and forests we rely on.

    This is that time and there will be meetings held all over the City of Worcester to solicit citizen input. You only need to attend one meeting to give your feedback.

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