A prominent supporter of two innovation school proposals in New Bedford may be reconsidering his position. Monday's School Committee meeting featured a state presentation on the guidelines for innovation schools, and public comment from a group of teachers opposed to the proposals for the Esperanza and Renaissance Schools. Prior to that public comment, School Committee member Dr. John Fletcher received thunderous applause from the teachers in attendance after making this statement.

Having the two schools in separate buildings will cause less confusion among the students, adds Fletcher. The current proposals look to take over classroom space in the Gomes and Roosevelt Elementary Schools, and house students from Kindergarten through 8th grade. The School Committee is expected to vote on the innovation school plans next month.