In a first of its kind collaboration in Massachusetts, eight struggling middle schools in Springfield are going to be run by a partnership of state and local education officials and an independent advisor.
The Springfield School Committee has signed an agreement to turn budgeting and staffing decisions at the 8 schools over to a public-private partnership called the Springfield Empowerment Zone. Springfield Mayor Dominic Sarno, who described the move as bold and innovative, said the new operating authority won’t take full charge of the schools until the next academic year.
Property owners in Springfield, Massachusetts will have to wait a few more days to find out what they’ll be paying in taxes next year.
A delay in state certification of the city’s assessed property values prompted City Council President Mike Fenton to postpone until Monday a vote to approve new residential and commercial tax rates. Fenton said he expects once the council does vote it will be great news for tax payers.
" The city council is going to be in a position to reduce both the rate for residents and the rate for businesses," Fenton said Thursday.