For the second straight meeting, the City Council agreed to delay a vote on Councilor Charles Yancey's proposal for a $120 million high school in Mattapan.
The council approved borrowing for the high school last month, but the measure needs two positive votes before it can go to the mayor for his consideration.
As various ministers, members of the public and former City Councilor Chuck Turner looked on, Yancey (Dorchester) requested the delay because Councilor Steve Murphy (at large) - who supports the proposed high school - was absent.
"I am still trying to get a unanimous vote on this matter," Yancey said.
However, the vote on delaying the vote another two weeks suggest he's not going to get that unanimous vote even with Murphy present. Councilors Baker, Ciommo, LaMattina and Linehan voted against a delay. They were outvoted by the other eight councilors present. Baker, Ciommo and Linehan had earlier voted specifically against borrowing money for the project - in a vote from which LaMattina was absent.