Officials At Madison Park Say Class Schedules Finally Set

Eight days into the new school year and students at Boston's only vocational-technical high school are finally getting settled.

Students at Madison Park Technical Vocational High School in Roxbury received homeroom assignments Sunday evening, and interim Boston Public Schools Superintendent John McDonough said Monday that most students now have proper class schedules.

"There are individualized issues at this point," McDonough said. "They are small in number. They are being systematically dealt with on a case-by-case basis."

Earlier this month, after spending four days sitting idly in classrooms, often without teachers, hundreds of students walked out in protest.

Darryl Davis, a junior electrical major at the school, said Monday that everything was getting back to normal.

"I'm liking the way it's going now," Davis said.

The school has been the focus of much concern among parents and community leaders. As part of a district intervention, Madison Park teachers had to re-apply for their jobs this year, but headmaster Diane Ross Gary, who resigned Friday amid the schedule issues after just a year on the job, was not allowed to begin hiring until mid-August.

BPS said the schedule issues spurred from switching from a seven-class-per-day schedule to eight classes, and said there were other changes aimed at improving access to some classes for special education students, as well as students learning English as a second language.

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