School Space Planning
|Brookline School Population & Capacity Exploration (B-SPACE)|
B-Space Committee Votes to Recommend the "Expand in Place" Approach
At its meeting on August 12, 2013,. the Brookline School Population & Capacity Exploration Committee (B-SPACE) voted unanimously on a series of recommendations to the School Committee to implement the "Expand in Place" model. See the unofficial votes taken by the Committee. The final report of the Committee will be finalized and transmitted to the School Committee next week.
1.) The possibility of an additional school in Brookline initiallyto be housed at Old Lincoln School. The Facilities Master Plan shows that space in all eight K-8 schools has been or will be maximized with recent and planned adaptations and renovations by Fall, 2014, while currently projected enrollments will continue to require increased space. To free up space across our schools, a new school must:
a.) draw 450-500 students proportionately from every existing school, and
b.) do so in a way that satisfies the PSB core value of educational equity.
The Committee will consider a range of concepts for a possible new school. The committee may also explore solutions other than a new school that have the equivalent effect of enabling existing K-8s to fulfill the educational goals and objectives of the PSB Strategic Plan with existing and planned space.
2.) The committee may also consider use of space and necessary renovations across the rest of the PSB buildings to:
a.) anticipate growth at BHS to 2500 students in five years (a commissioned Concept Study for space at BHS will inform this discussion), and
b.) configure a permanent location or locations for the Brookline Early Education Program.
3.) Financing that enables the PSB to accomplish the above, including recommendations for budget efficiencies and/or raising additional revenues.
Any recommendations from this Committee should meet the following criteria:
1.) They have been discussed across the community in Brookline and received significant public support, and
2.) They meet the objectives of educational excellence and equity across the school district.
Katherine Craven (former Exec. Dir. of the MSBA) – Baker School
Philip Kramer (architect) – Pierce School
Fred Wang– Harvard Medical
Lisa Crosley– Brigham Scientist
Advisory Committee (designated by Chair)
Selectmen (designated by Chair)
Mel Kleckner (ex officio, nonvoting)
School Committee (designated by Chair)
Bill Lupini (ex officio, nonvoting)
Building Commission (designated by Chair)
Betsy DeWitt, Board of Selectmen - firstname.lastname@example.org