Why Not Persist?

Just for the record, the Parent Imperfect contacted Robert Herrick of the Harvard School of Public Health to ask what he thought about the repairs to the Hennigan School. Paint in the school was found to contain PCBs, a dangerous family of chemicals that have been banned in the U.S. since 1978. To the PI’s surprise, Herrick replied almost immediately, saying that, “if the abatement has been completed to the satisfaction of the EPA, there is no reason to be concerned about returning to school.”

The Environmental Protection Agency apparently has jurisdiction in these cases and Herrick believes that, if the government agency has signed off, then there should be no problem.

Assuming that PI agrees with Herrick, that leaves open the question of how to find out if the agency signed off on the Hennigan repairs. Curious, as ever, the PI is going to pretend that he actually has the time to find out such a thing. To date, he has made three calls to different offices of the Boston Public Schools and has been treated as if he had the wrong number, in each case.

Connie doesn’t seem to be having any problems with the physical environment of the school, but the PI is going to persist, at least for awhile. If anyone has ideas how to solve this mystery, please share them.

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5 responses to “Why Not Persist?

  1. Bella Bureacracy

    EPA Boston office 617-918-1010 – tho it may turn out to be a wrong number.
    On another note, I have found it takes an AVERAGE of 3 phone calls to BPS to get a person who will accept responsibility for the question/issue I have.

  2. Thanks, Bella. I’ll try that number and let you know what happens. And I’m not asking anyone at the BPS to accept responsibility. I’d just like to find someone who knows what I’m talking about!

  3. Hello Parent Imperfect (great name) and readers interested in Boston Public Schools. I wanted to let you know of a new engagement platform that BPS is currently piloting: it’s called Community PlanIt. This is an online engagement game made by the Engagement Game Lab at Emerson College for BPS parents, students, teachers, administrators, and community members.

    From September 15, 2011 through October 20, 2011, BPS is using Community PlanIt as a way to engage stakeholders in long-range, city-wide planning as it thinks toward the future. The feedback we receive will be considered when making future policy decisions in the Boston Public Schools. You can sign on to participate as often as you like, from any place that has access to the Internet. We hope you will share your thoughts about BPS by completing all the activities, interacting with other users, and spending your in-game tokens on the issues that matter to you most.

    There will be an in-person meeting at English High on October 20th at 6pm. Come together with other players to devise a plan for moving forward. Oh, and a brand new Nook e-reader will be raffled off to one of the top fifty point earners.

    I think Community PlanIt would be a great way to bring up concerns surrounding the lottery process and other issues at BPS and to engage in meaningful conversations with those at the center of it.

    Spread the word!

    • Thanks. We’re very happy to know about Community PlanIt and will definitely spread the word. My wife was on the site this afternoon and said that she loved the idea. I look forward to getting there myself.

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