Boston School Committee seeks public’s say on new goals for district

The Boston School Committee is seeking public comment on a set of proposed goals and priorities for the school system as it prepares to hire a new superintendent.

The public will have the opportunity to weigh in at a series of five roundtable discussions, beginning Thursday and concluding at the end of February.

School officials did not release any information on the format of the roundtable discussions, but said each session will include a public comment period.

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The School Committee has proposed five goals for the school system: improved student outcomes; improved school quality; strong district leadership/high quality, action oriented teachers and staff; effective resource allocation; and greater community engagement.

The proposed goals are the first step in developing a new strategic vision for the school system – an effort the School Committee has been working on for more than a year. The committee says creating a new vision for the school system is essential before any decision can be made on a new superintendent.

The meetings will be held at the following times and locations:

-- Jan. 30, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Shelburne Community Center, 2730 Washington St., Roxbury

-- Feb. 6, 6-8 p.m., East Boston Library, 365 Bremen St., East Boston.

—Feb.13, 6-8 p.m., Boston Public Library Central, Library McKim Courtyard Room, McKim Building, Dartmouth Street entrance at Copley Square.

-- Feb. 18, 6-8 p.m., Grove Hall Community Center, 51 Geneva Ave., Dorchester.

-- Feb. 24 4-6 p.m., English High School Library, 144 McBride St., Jamaica Plain.