The Tuesday evening meeting of the Everett School Committee was one of the most important in recent years.
The School Committee is asking for a substantial amount of money to defray rapidly rising costs connected with the extraordinary rise in the school population and the need to remain in compliance with all state and federal mandates and to move public education forward in the city of Everett.
Increased costs and the loss of state and federal grants has led to a $3 million shortfall between what is budgeted and what is physically tangibly needed.
Perhaps the most difficult problem to cope with is the rising school population which has increased by almost 800 during the past three years and which is increasing more rapidly this year.
The School Committee is asking the city government and the mayor to act.
The shortfall must be made up in full or bridged in a major way in order to maintain the integrity of the public school system..
The mayor and the city government will be mulling over the request from the School Department.
We urge the mayor and the city government to act as there is a lot riding on their decision.