Hello Brookline Parents and Guardians,
As school vacation starts we want to wish you a great break and also share three short reminders related to our efforts to address the ongoing enrollment increases in our public schools.
Progress Being Made on the Brookline High School Expansion – Public Hearings Scheduled for April 26 and April 27
The Building Committee for the BHS Expansion Project will be voting a preferred expansion option on Wednesday, May 3. Before then, all community members are invited to share their input and comments with the Building Committee and the School Committee at two Public Hearings happening the week of April 24. Each Public Hearing will have a presentation from the architects on the expansion options and preliminary costs followed by public comment. The Building Committee will hold a Public Hearing on April 26 at 7 p.m. in the School Committee Room on the 5th floor of Town Hall. The School Committee will hold a Public Hearing on April 27 at 7p.m. at the same location. Please join us at one or both evenings to give us your feedback, or you can provide written feedback to the BHS Building Committee by clicking here. Starting on April 14th, you can find the sketches and cost estimates for each option here.
Once a preferred expansion option has been chosen, funding for the next stage of design will be considered and voted on at Town Meeting in May. These public hearings and consideration at Town Meeting are critical to keeping the project on schedule and ensuring a high-quality educational experience for students as high school enrollment continues to increase. For more details about the project, please go to the BHS Expansion Project website.
Reminder to Complete the 2017 Town Census
If you have not yet done so, please take a few minutes to complete the Town Census form that was mailed to you in February.
Given both the Town and School efforts to address ongoing enrollment growth, it is helpful for the School Department to know how many children from birth to the age of seventeen live in each residence. This information from the Town Census is important for understanding enrollment and future student assignment. Please be assured that no information from the census about children under the age of seventeen can be released for any purpose, except to the School Department for enrollment planning purposes, and to the Chief of Police for emergency management planning.
If you have already completed the Town Census – thank you! If not, please do this as soon as possible and either drop it off or mail it in to Town Hall, 333 Washington St., Brookline. If you did not receive a census or have any questions, please contact the Office of the Town Clerk at 617-730-2010.
Upcoming Public Meetings about the 9th Elementary School
Please also note the two upcoming meetings related to the 9th Elementary School that are happening the week after April vacation:
- The Capital Subcommittee of the Advisory Committee will hold a Public Hearing on Monday, April 24th, to include discussion of the proposed funding for the Schematic Design Phase that is included in the town’s FY2018 Capital Improvements Program budget. This public hearing will be held at Town Hall in the 3rd Floor Employee Lounge, at 5:15 p.m.
- There will be a regularly scheduled meeting of the 9th School Building Committee on Tuesday, April 25th. The agenda will include an update on design options and traffic, parking, and access considerations. This meeting will be held at Town Hall in room 103, at 8:00 a.m.
Similar to the high school project, funding for the next stage of design for the 9th School will also be considered and voted on at Town Meeting in May. These public meetings, others we anticipate will happen in May, and consideration at Town Meeting are critical to keeping the project on schedule and ensuring a high-quality educational experience for students as enrollment continues to increase. For more details about the project and a complete list of upcoming meetings, please go to the 9th Elementary School Project website.