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Harvard’s Dr. Carol Kauffman Leads Faculty Leadership Training Program at Malden Catholic

On Aug. 26, Dr. Carol Kauffman, the Founder and Executive Director of the Institute of Coaching at Harvard Medical School and the Director of Faculty Coach Training at Massachusetts General Hospital, gave a leadership presentation to Malden Catholic’s faculty and staff. Dr. Kauffman has been a leadership coach for over 25 years and was excited to help the Malden Catholic staff become better leaders, both professionally and personally.

Dr. Kauffman says she was drawn to Malden Catholic because of her interest in developing leadership programs for millennials and younger people.

“A coach approach is very powerful for leaders at every stage in development” Dr. Kauffman said. “We have a much more complex, fast-moving, unpredictable world…so if we have a group of people who have an idea of where they want to go then they can have a much greater impact.”

When asked why learning leadership skills at a young age are so important, Dr. Kauffman said they are crucial because these are skills that will be used throughout life.

“Learning to lead when you are a young person is crucial, and one of the people you are learning to lead is yourself” Dr. Kauffman said. “If you can begin to get a sense of what actually matters to you and to other people…then you will be able to guide the direction of your life much better than if you don’t have that.”

Presenting alongside Dr. Kauffman was Julie Carrier, a bestselling author, leadership mentor, and former Senior Management Consultant in leadership training and development for the Pentagon. Carrier was featured on MTV’s #1 hit positive show, MADE, to share her message about how girls can improve their self-confidence through coaching.

Carrier followed up Dr. Kauffman’s answer about the importance of leadership by saying, “We are all aware of how powerful leadership development is for adults, and it’s even more powerful when we take those principles, ideas, and practices and we teach them to young people.”

Carrier continued to add that by taking these ideas and mindsets that they are learning important skills before they face other challenges in life as they get older. Carrier took an educational approach to learning these ideas at a young age.

“They are saving a lot of baggage in relearning because they are learning it the right way first” Carrier added. Carrier continued to stress the importance of teaching leadership in an academic setting.

In attendance was Lisa Cenca, Principal of the Malden Catholic School for Girls, who raved about Dr. Kauffman’s coaching approach and how teachers can bring this into the classroom.

“Carol helped us to think about coaching our students rather than just teaching them. She challenged us to work on how we get our students to recognize their talents and live them out.”

Theology teacher Deirdre Foley was very fortunate to have Dr. Kauffman at Malden Catholic, and is excited to use the skills she learned moving forward.

“Her method of Coaching by Numbers will benefit both the staff and students here at MC immensely” Foley said. “I am excited to use these skills moving forward to enhance my career here at Malden Catholic.”

Malden Catholic was incredibly honored to have Dr. Kauffman working with its faculty and staff on increasing their leadership skills. Headmaster John Thornburg believes Dr. Kauffman’s presentation was crucial, because of its importance in leadership skills to both staff and students.

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Police Briefs 09-05-2019

Shots Fired

On Aug. 25, at 1:08 a.m., officers responded to the area of 43 Central Ave. on the report of a Shot Spotter activation. Upon the officers’ arrival, they heard a second gunshot and responded to 18 Maverick St. Officers observed a male that fit the description of the male firing the gun and placed him under arrest. CPD Detectives responded and executed a search warrant at 18 Maverick St. and seized the firearm and other evidence.

Carlos Rodriguez, 37, of 18 Maverick St., was charged with disorderly conduct, intoxicated licensee carrying a firearm, improper storage of a firearm, and five counts of discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building.

Ran a Stop Sign, Class B Drugs

On Aug. 19, at 4:36 p.m., while on patrol on Grove Street, a CPD officer observed a white vehicle traveling down Grove Street and proceeding through a stop sign.

The car was pulled over.

The operator was found to be operating the vehicle with a suspended license. While in custody, the officers uncovered illegal prescription drugs in the man’s possession.

Jonathan Arce, 32, of Revere, was charged with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, stop sign violation and possession of a Class B drug.

Street Fight

On Aug. 19, at 10:43 p.m., a CPD officer noticed two parties fighting in the middle of the Street on Hawthorne in front of the Phoenix Academy. Both males involved were placed under arrest.

Jose Flores, 32, of Lynn; and William Rivera, 46, of 643 Broadway, were both charged with assault and battery.

Stop Yelling!

On Aug. 24, at 4:33 p.m., a CPD officer while in the area Bellingham Square observed a female party that was shouting at a male in the area of McDonald’s. The officer warned both to stop their behavior and to move on. The female continued her behavior and was placed under arrest for being a disorderly person.

Bianca Cabral, 18, of East Boston, was charged with disorderly conduct.

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The Real American Carnage

Whenever a mass shooting occurs — which is to say, fairly regularly somewhere in America these days — investigators scour for clues as to the “motive” of the gunman.

Often, as was the case in El Paso two weeks ago, the shooter espouses some sort of political ideology, whether it be homegrown white nationalism or foreign-based anti-Americanism.

On occasion, individuals with mental illness are the perpetrators.

But just as often, as was the case in the country music shooting in Las Vegas two years ago, there is no discernible motive, other than that the shooter simply is unhappy and frustrated with his lot in life.

That appears to have been the situation with this past weekend’s shooting spree in Texas by a 36 year old man who was fired from his job and who was described by his neighbor as a loner.

In short, the shooter fit a certain profile — a young, white male with no money, no wife or girlfriend, no children, and no prospects.

However, each and every one of these shootings, regardless of the perpetrator’s motive, have two things in common: Innocent Americans are being shot while going about their daily lives and the shooter had military-style weaponry that allowed him to kill and maim dozens of Americans with a single pull of the trigger.

About 13,000 innocent Americans are slaughtered by guns every year in this country. (There also are about 26,000 suicides by guns each year).

To put that 13,000 figure into perspective, that is almost twice the number of American soldiers who have been killed in the entirety of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Cumulatively over the past 15 years, 7000 American soldiers lost their lives in our Mideast wars, while 200,000 innocent Americans have been killed by gunfire right here in America. In addition to those who died, more than one million Americans have been shot and wounded in the past 15 years.

When President Trump used the term, “American Carnage,” in his Inaugural Address, it was not entirely clear what he was referring to.

However, given that more Americans are shot, killed, and maimed by guns every year on their home soil than anywhere else in the world, our American Carnage is indeed, very real.

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Helping Residents : Planning Board Supports Changes To Affordable Housing Regulations

The Planning Board is supporting an amendment to the City’s inclusionary housing and zoning ordinance that will make it easier for low-income residents to rent affordable housing units.

The proposed change in the ordinance will also increase the amount of money developers will need to pay the City if they attempt to opt-out of building affordable units in projects of 10 or more units.

The amendment first came before the Planning Board in April, and at Tuesday night’s meeting, the board unanimously supported recommending the changes in the ordinance.

The inclusionary housing ordinance was first introduced by At-Large City Councillor Leo Robinson in 2016, according to Lad Dell, the city planner and land use administrator.

“The reason was that in the Greater Boston area, the cost of housing has gone up astronomically, and Chelsea has not been isolated from that. There was a concern that long-time Chelsea residents would be pushed out.”

But the original ordinance set the eligibility guidelines at 80 percent of the Average Median Income (AMI) to qualify for affordable units.

Since the AMI is based on income for the Greater Boston area, and not just Chelsea, that figure stood at about $89,000 for a family of four. Dell noted that the figure is well above the average Chelsea income of $55,000 for a family of four.

Under the new amendment, the affordable rental units will now be evenly split between 80, 50, and 30 percent AMI. Condominium projects will remain at the 80 percent AMI level.

Developers who build projects of 10 or more units must set aside at least 15 percent of those units as affordable.

“If a developer did not want to provide the 15 percent of affordable units, they had the option of a $200,000 payment in lieu per unit,” said Dell. “That was raised to $400,000 in April.”

Planning Board member Eric Asquith asked what the rationale was for raising the payment in lieu to $400,000.

“The $400,000 price tag kind of startles a lot of people, but that’s what it costs to build an affordable unit in Chelsea,” said Alex Train, assistant director of planning.

However, Train said developers still need City approval to substitute the payments for the creation of affordable units.

Planning Board member Sara Arman questioned why the rate was set at 15 percent and not higher.

“That’s on par with other communities,” said Train. “We want to have a balance between affordable housing and encouraging development.”

Several board members noted that there is very little developable land in Chelsea, with member Mimi Rancatore asking if the number triggering affordable units should be lowered from 10 to eight.

Train said that most of the development in Chelsea is reuse or redevelopment of existing land.

“It’s about that balance,” he said. “One thing that has proven to lower prices is building more houses, and if we set (the affordable housing number) below 10, it may discourage more building.”

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Appreciation : William Gould Sr. Is Remembered Fondly by Family and Friends

Just as Derek Gould had done so often in his outstanding high school football career at Northeast Regional Vocational High School, he delivered very well.

On this day, the sad occasion of his father William “Bill” Gould’s Holy Eucharist service at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Chelsea, Derek Gould delivered a thoughtful eulogy in a gentle but emphatically clear voice.

He spoke as the youngest of William and Dorothy Gould’s children – on behalf of his siblings, including his older, brother, William “Bill” Gould Jr., a popular football player and member of the CHS Class of 1981. Bill Jr.’s friend and classmate, Glenn Smith, was one of the many friends who paid their respects to William Gould Sr.

Mr. Gould was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War, a proud Chelsea resident, and a past president of the former American Legion Post on Shurtleff Street, in Chelsea. He also served as president of the Chelsea Pop Warner organization and as a coach in Chelsea Little League. He was a retired engineer for the City of Chelsea Sanitation Department, where he dedicated 25 years of service.

Bill and Dorothy Gould shared 50 years of marriage before her passing in 2010. They had been lifelong residents of Chelsea before they moved to Berwick, Maine, where he has lived for the past 28 years.

Interestingly, Bill Gould Jr. recalled that his father was a quarterback in his junior high and high school days “and his center for one of the teams was Duke Bradley.”

‘Dad, We Will Always Have You in Our Hearts and Memories’

Derek Gould thanked all for attending and began his heartfelt speech that follows:

“My dad was raised during the Depression and World War II by a single parent which did not make his life growing up easy. But, because of this, he became the man he was. A strong, stern, personal man. He also was a man of many talents. He was a welder, a coach, an engineer, sanitation engineer that is, a mentor and yes, a dancer, and oh what a dancer he was.

But one thing he took very seriously was family. He always said you may have friends and they may come and go, but family is forever.

In line with that, there is an Irish saying: A family will argue and fight, but let a shout come from without and see them all unite. Everyone in here may have a story to tell referring to this saying. I know I can.

My story is a time when I was at a point of despair and needed to talk. Where did I go? Did I go to a doctor, did I go to a priest? No, I went to my dad. He did what he has always done – took care of me, listened to me, and told me a story of when he was in place of despair and how he overcame it.

These are the moments we take away from our dad and how family is there for us always, and who Bill Gould was: a great-grandfather, a grandfather, father, brother, uncle and husband that would do anything for his family.

There was another quote my dad always went by and that was: ‘I was almost wrong once, but then again I was right.’ Nothing more true than how he passed, as sick as he was getting an declining, he was not going to any hospital or aging facility and he wanted to die at home.

So, dad, you were right again and you did it your way, in your house, in your room, peacefully and happy.

Now, my dad is at peace and with his love of life, dancing and laughing.

Dad, we will miss you and always have you in our hearts and our memories.

I love you Dad.

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District Rolls out New Bus Routes to Cull Wait Lists

The buses are rolling back to school this week, and this year, redesigned bus routes look to cut down on the waitlist for students looking for a ride to the Mary C. Burke Elementary School Complex.

Over the summer, school district staff redesigned the yellow bus routes to maximize the number of students who have seats on the first day of school and reduce the number on the waitlist, according to Superintendent Mary Bourque.

“This year, we looked at the ridership data and created the bus routes from scratch so that we could get the greatest number of elementary school students into bus seats on the first day of school,” said Bourque.

This year, two buses will start their routes in Prattville, where a large number of students live, and another will begin on Admiral’s Hill.

School officials are looking to reduce traffic congestion, as fewer buses will be crossing paths on the way to pick up students.

Letters have been mailed to families of all students who have assigned seats on the buses. The letters include laminated tags with the student’s first name, bus stop, and bus number. School officials are asking that the tags be attached to students’ backpacks so they can be easily identified as riders.

As of last Thursday night’s School Committee meeting, there were no students on the bus wait list, according to Bourque. In recent years, the waitlist has been as high as 100 students.

“We do have approximately 100 families who still have not brought in proof of address to the Parent Information Center and we strongly encourage them to bring their materials in as quickly as possible so their child can get a seat on the bus,” said Daniel Mojica, Director of the Parent Information Center.

While many of the students may be able to get a bus seat, school officials stated that some routes are filling up faster than others, and some students could end up on a waitlist.

“We are asking parents who have not provided documentation to come in as soon as possible,” said Monica Lamboy, the district finance director.

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MassDOT Finding Challenges With Advanced Notification on Chelsea Street Bridge

Nothing is more frustrating than being in a hurry and finding oneself second fiddle to the needs of a 10-ton oil tanker as the Chelsea Street Bridge raises to the top in the midst of the day.

Since the Chelsea Street Bridge came into existence, and especially since the new Silver Line SL3 service expanded to Chelsea last year, the Bridge operations have become a major backbreaker for those trying to cross it with vehicles – including residents, MBTA buses and MassPort Employee shuttles. Because maritime traffic has precedent over land traffic, according to the Coast Guard, the Bridge has to go up when a vessel requests it to.

That has resulted in five or more lifts in a day at times, and with no warning.

In a meeting this month at Chelsea City Hall, MassDOT announced the rollout of their new Advanced Notification Program (ANP) and the tweaks that are being made to help it work better.

They also updated the crowd on the long-term efforts being undertaken to try to change the operations of the Bridge so it’s more accommodating to vehicles and buses – particularly during the morning and evening rush hours.

“We know how difficult this Bridge is and how much a problem it can become for residents on both sides of the Chelsea Creek,” said Andrea Donato of MassDOT. “It’s larger and higher than the old bridge…When that Bridge goes up, no vehicles, no pedestrians and no cyclists can cross it. It causes significant and unpredictable delays for anyone that wants to use it.”

On July 8, the ANP went into effect, and it’s been “clunky” Donato said because it has been hard to get information.

The system uses electronic boards and the ‘LoganToChelsea’ Twitter feed (and other social media) to announce the estimated time of a lift on the Bridge and the duration for it to be up.

“This is a critical time in the program so the second goal is to get your ideas and we need to know from you about what we can do to make communication better,” she said. “We need to make it better.”

A second piece of the project is trying to make long-term changes to the operations of the Bridge that are friendlier to those on land, and accommodating to maritime uses as well – which can only operate at high tide and some only during daylight hours.

“The first thing we’ve been working on is to find out how to get the best data now so we can at least communicate better today and improve operations,” she said. “Our longer term goals take time and take data. We’re still working on those, but they’ll take more time…Since February, the momentum has been to implement Advanced Notification…and collect data for an application to the Coast Guard because there was no data previously.”

In addition to ANP, the other two goals include applying to the Coast Guard for the ability to have dual lift heights and to have time of day restrictions. Dual lift heights would allow operators to only have to lift the Bridge halfway for some vessels, thus lowering the wait times on land. Right now, every lift is required to go the full 175-feet up. Time of day restrictions would be for the Bridge to stay closed during rush hour times, or the like.

Matthew Denning of the US Coast Guard said maritime traffic has precedent and the Coast Guard takes that seriously.

“There is a process for changing the regulations, but it takes a long time and can only be changed if it will not increase the risk of maritime safety,” he said. “It can take up to five years in the worst-case scenario, but the Captain of the Port would not approve such a change if it would increase risk.”

One of the things Donato said they are concentrating on at the moment is working with Moran – a shipping agent that controls almost all of the traffic on the Creek – to get reliable data.

“The ANP rollout on July 8 was clunky because it was hard to get data,” she said. “We’re at a point where we need to have this working because it is at a critical time.”

A representative from Moran said they have some trouble finding out when barges might come in, but they do know the approximate time for all other vessels because they handle about 95 percent of the traffic on the Creek. Using Moran, their information is relayed to MassPort, MBTA and MassDOT to distribute on their networks, which include electronic boards, Twitter, T Alerts, and websites.

Still, there can be challenges.

The Moran representative said sometimes there can be fog in the Harbor that holds ships up, even though it’s sunny on land. That can result in a backlog, and the information could be inaccurate. It could also result in about eight to 10 lifts in a short period of time to clear the backlog.

Also, he said it can be difficult to try to control the times of oil tankers, which are restricted to coming and going at high-tide, and during daylight.

“The ships, if full, are required to come to come through the Creek at high tide and during daylight,” he said. “They can only leave during daylight hours.”

The system is still in progress, and MassDOT is looking for feedback on the program through their website, under the ANP program.

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New Splash Pad Okayed for Burke Complex Playground

The Conservation Commission has given the okay for improvements to the Mary C. Burke playground, which will include a new splash pad.

Last Thursday night, the Commission held a public meeting on a request for a determination of applicability for the improvements to the playground at 300 Crescent Ave.

There was no public input during the meeting, although City Councillors Leo Robinson and Joe Perlatonda were in attendance.

The new landscaping at the playground will include maple and other trees.

Once final approvals are received for the project, the majority of the work will be done this fall, with the exception of some plantings next spring, according to representatives from CBA Landscaping.

•In other business, the Commission held a site plan review for a proposed nine-unit, three-story residential building project at 75-79 Spencer Ave. The existing building will be demolished and the project will be rebuilt from the ground up, according to Planning Director John DePriest.

The two lots together are approximately 10,000 square feet and the project would be built on slab with significant landscaping, the planning director said.

The proposal originally came in with 20 units, but was deemed not to fit in with the neighborhood.

Conservation Commission Chair Stephen Sarikas said he would like to see more trees and fewer shrubs in the landscaping plan.

The project will next go before the Zoning Board of Appeals.

While the proposed nine units means the project will not have to meet affordable housing guidelines, DePriest said the owners are potentially looking to purchase two adjacent lots on which they could build 12 units by right.

If that were to happen, DePriest said the developer would have to meet the 15 percent affordable housing guideline for all the units on all the adjacent lots.

According to the Chelsea assessor’s database, Lanzillo Flamino and Zepaj Marenglen of Middleton purchased 75 Spencer Ave. in May for $500,000 and 79 Spencer Ave. for the same price.

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School Department Able to Replace Some Budget Cuts With State Budget

The School Department will be able to replace a number of positions and items cut from the original 2019-2020 budget due to an influx of state monies from the final State Budget.

Last Thursday night, the School Committee approved an additional $1.3 million in state Chapter 70 appropriations.

That money will be used to add one attendance officer and a half-time special education clerk in the special education department, increase salary contingencies and health insurance funds across the district, add one social communications teacher and two paraprofessionals and increase funding for substitutes at the Early Learning Center and the elementary schools, add a special education inclusion teachers at the Clarke and Browne middle schools, and correct funding for athletic coaches and increase funding for substitutes at the high school, among other items.

The City Council will now have to approve the additional funding.

“Each year, the Governor’s proposed budget numbers are used by CPS as the foundation for the upcoming year’s budget,” stated Supt. Mary Bourque.

When the state budget is finally adopted after deliberations by the House and Senate and considered by the governor, the budget allocations by school district typically change.

The $1.3 million is separate and apart from any changes to the “pothole” funding which could be finalized by the state in the next several weeks, according to Bourque.

Last year, the Chelsea schools received just under $300,000 in the pothole funding.

“I think it will be something in the same range this year,” said Bourque.

As the schools await the additional funding, Bourque said it’s important for parents and teachers to continue to advocate for a change in the way the state determines the foundational school budget for districts such as Chelsea. Bourque noted that Chelsea’s special education program and benefits are underfunded by approximately $17 million.

“The state legislature is working on a bill to fix the foundation budget,” said Bourque. “We want to make sure it is something we can live with for the next 25 years. We need the City Council to continue to advocate alongside us.”

•In other School Committee business, Bourque updated the board on the superintendent transition plan.

Superintendent-elect Almi Abeyta will be constantly shadowing Bourque through Dec. 1. On Dec. 1, Bourque will take a step back and Abeyta will begin making school district decisions.

Bourque’s last day is Dec. 31, and Jan. 1, 2020 will be Abeyta’s first official day as superintendent.

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New Supt. Abeyta Ready to Take Charge of Chelsea Public Schools

The corner office in City Hall – and the head of the Chelsea Public Schools – will have a new look and some new ideas now that incoming Supt. Almi Abeyta has taken her place as the leader of the schools, ready to welcome faculty and students on Aug. 27 for their – and her – first day of school.

After a public process last spring, Abeyta was chosen by the School Committee after a close vote, but in deciding fashion, and she reported to work on Aug. 12. This week, with former Supt. Mary Bourque still on the job to help with the transition, Abeyta has been meeting with staff and learning all about Chelsea after having left her position this summer at Somerville High School.

New Supt. Almi Abeyta with outgoing Supt. Mary Bourque on Monday during a professional development session at the Early Learning Center. Abeyta took the reigns officially on Aug. 12 and is ramping up to full speed for the coming school year, which starts on Aug.27.

“I’ve just been listening a lot so far – getting to know people,” she said. “It’s one thing to read about a district – a plan – but it’s a whole other thing to see it in action. What I was reading about online and hearing about in the interview process – now I’m seeing it play out and it’s refreshing to see there is alignment between the two. In education, there is theory in action and theory in use. I’m seeing both working together in Chelsea Public Schools.”

That was a refreshing take from the new leader of the schools as she accompanied Bourque around the district – meeting with teachers on Monday for professional development sessions at the Early Learning Center.

Abeyta comes to the district with a great deal of experience in and around Chelsea, living in Revere and having taught in leadership positions at East Boston and Somerville.

“This process was for me a long time coming,” she said in a recent interview. “I just couldn’t pass up Chelsea. I drove through Chelsea every day to Somerville from Revere. I really wanted to serve a community like Chelsea. When I saw it was open, I said I have to do this. I felt it was a perfect step for me professionally and personally…Having been in East Boston, Chelsea felt like home to me. It is me. It feels right and where I am supposed to be.”

Abeyta grew up mostly in New Mexico in a military family, having spent time in various places around the world before settling there. After attending public schools all her life, she eventually made her way to the East Coast and went to graduate school at Harvard University. During that process, she had interned at the Donald McKay Elementary in Eastie. Intending to move on after that, she was heavily recruited by the Boston Public Schools (BPS) to take the principal job at the McKay – and she served there for four years before taking a role in the central administration of the BPS.

“I took the job because I fell in love with the people of East Boston, and I just really liked that neighborhood,” she said. “I was happy in Boston and everything I wanted to do professionally I was doing. Then I got a call out of the blue.”

That call came from Sante Fe, New Mexico, where her hometown was recruiting her to come back and be a key deputy superintendent during a transition time in the system.

That was a job she couldn’t pass up, she said, having wanted to be home for such a long time. However, Boston was calling her, and she soon accepted a job as deputy superintendent at the Somerville Public Schools – which is where she has been.

Abeyta has been a rising star in the education world in Boston and New Mexico for several years, but said she has not taken the step for superintendent before due to her family obligations. This year, her daughter graduated from school in New Mexico and is headed to Boston to go to college. Abeyta said she had never wanted to take on the demanding role of superintendent until her daughter was in college.

“To be superintendent, I feel like you have to be completely committed,” she said. “I always said I’d be ready for that step in my career when my daughter went to college and I was more of an empty-nester.”

Coming into the district – and able to keep a pretty good conversation in Spanish – Abeyta said she feels like she can take the system to the next level.

“I see a district where there are already systems and structures in place,” she said. “People are working hard on instruction. There is so much energy. That’s exciting and attracted me when I applied. It was a great place where I didn’t have to go in and rebuild. That’s a gift…There are a lot of good things happening already. My role is to build on those great things and take them to the next level. That next step will depend on what I hear and see in the data. I will take that next step with the community.”

School starts in Chelsea on Weds., Aug. 27, for students across the school system.

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