Universal Hub is reporting that the Boston City Council spoke out against “abuse” by the state-owned Reggie Lewis Center after Tech Boston Academy (Dorchester) track students were turned away and had to practice by running the hallways and stairwells at their school. Gheesh.
According to reports, Boston student-athletes need to clear out of the state-of-the-art- sports facility by 3:30 p.m. so students from the suburbs can use the center for training and not get home too late.
At Wednesday’s city council meeting, City Councilor Erin Murphy (at large) gained unanimous support for a resolution condemning this practice. After reading an article in the Dorchester Reporter about the “situation,” Murphy was motivated to introduce the resolution. Plus, she asked for a hearing where state, BPS, and suburban school officials could address this practice.
Evidently, way back in the 1990s when the Reggie Lewis Center opened, BPS was promised that local kids would get priority. (Guess the center forgot about that.)
Council President Ed Flynn voiced his disappointment that a city kid is not able to use the facility and a wealthy kid from the suburbs can. “The day we stop supporting kids from the city and not giving them the same opportunities as wealthy families throughout greater Boston is really the day we should get out of politics…” Flynn said.
You can read all the details here.