Reporting Bobby Sisk
In Medford, School Committee members received an update on implementation at Monday night’s meeting. “We want to provide equal access to every student,” Superintendent Roy Belson told WBZ. “We want to make sure that every student is comfortable and right now after our preliminary discussions we believe we can do that.”
Medford is looking to change some restrooms to unisex and possibly convert storage space at Medford High School into an additional locker or changing room. Staff will get training and leaders continue consulting with members of the school’s gay/straight alliance.
“I got a reasonable good amount of phone calls pro and con,” said Medford City Councilor Robert Penta, after he brought up concerns over the changes at last week’s City Council meeting. He thinks the guidelines are a misrepresentation of state law and will once again address the issue at a meeting Tuesday night.
“If you follow the legislative directive, if you follow the law and if you follow the directive now that Mr. Chester has put out there, they’re not one in the same and that’s the problem,”said Penta. “That’s the problem that I have, the lack of consistency and more importantly I think there is an abuse of the process.” Penta says he plans to reach out to Commissioner Chester and voice his concerns, including questions over parental notification.
In the meantime, Logan Ferarro and BAGLY hope schools will reach out to them if they need guidance. “The problems this could cause are so minute compared to the unimaginable good that this could give to our youth,” Ferarro said.
To read the memo from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education CLICK HERE.