Mailings have gone out, supplies have been bought, and new principals have been assigned. Crosswalks are being painted, and even murals. Inspirational posters have been stapled to walls, and squeaky new sneakers are set to walk the freshly waxed halls.
Also, at last, the school administration and the Educational Association of Worcester have contract negotiations off their plates for the time being. Union members, however reluctantly, approved a new contract last week after working last year without one.
Next up: the first day of school.
Here, and for the entire school year, is where we really must bring the “A” game.
For Worcester school kids, vacation screeches to a halt tomorrow, assuming Durham School Services and the local bus drivers union come to their senses (and agreement on a new contract) to avoid an ill-advised labor strike. (Kindergarten and pre-K have until Sept. 5, according to the the Worcester Public Schools calendar.)