Nov 19

9th School Building Committee Appointed - Feasibility Study Gets Underway

Posted on November 19, 2016 at 4:36 PM by Ben Lummis

The process for the construction of Brookline’s new elementary school has recently moved into the Feasibility Study stage with appointment of the members of the 9th Elementary School Building Committee. The members make up a diverse range of experience including parents, community members who live near the Baldwin School site, elected officials, and Town and School Department Staff. The first meeting of this committee will be on November 30th at 8:00 a.m. in Room 103 of Town Hall. 

The members of the 9th Elementary School Building Committee are: 

  • David Pollak, Co-Chair – School Committee 
  • Nancy Daly, Co-Chair – Board of Selectmen
  • Janet Fierman, Co-Chair – Building Commission
  • Clara Batchelder – Park and Recreation Commission
  • Andrew Bott – Superintendent of Schools
  • Steven Brooks – Baldwin Community Representative
  • John Co, School Parent Community Representative
  • Mary Ellen Dunn -- Deputy Superintendent of Administration and Finance
  • Dave Gacioch – School Parent Community Representative
  • Nicole Gittens – Deputy Superintendent of Teaching and Learning
  • Blair Hines – Baldwin Community Representative
  • Mel Kleckner – Town Administrator
  • AC Sevelius – Interim Principal, Heath School
  • Ray Masak – Project Manager, Building Department

Jonathan Levi Architects (JLA) will conduct the Feasibility Study which will be completed by May 2017. JLA has already begun to initial outreach and work with staff from the Building Department, School Department, Parks and Open Space Department, Recreation Department to develop the action plan, timeline and deliverables for this phase of the project. The timeline and process for Feasibility Study including all scheduled public meetings will be posted on the School Department website in the coming week at www.brookline.k12.ma.us/school9 

Update on Change to Transportation Board Agenda for November 21

The item discussing the Baldwin School and upcoming traffic study of the surrounding area has been taken off the Transportation Board’s November 21st agenda. The Building Committee for the 9th Elementary School at Baldwin has not yet met nor decided any transportation measure they want to recommend; the Co-Chairs want to hear more from the public before getting to that point.

 

At some point in the future the Building Committee Co-Chairs anticipate going to the Transportation Board after further discussion. The best way to stay updated is by subscribing to notices through the Town’s Notify Me “Building Committee for the 9th Elementary School at Baldwin” email list.


Sep 27

Reminder: Open House for 9th School Site Selection at Pierce School on Wednesday

Posted on September 27, 2016 at 6:48 PM by Ben Lummis

You are invited to come to an Open House on the 9th Elementary School Site Selection hosted by the School Committee and the Board of Selectmen. This Open House will be the 18th open and public meeting since October 2015 on selecting a site for a new elementary school in Brookline. It will be held at the Pierce School tomorrow night, September 28 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the school cafeteria.

The informal Open House format allows participants to speak directly with the elected officials who will make the final decision on a site on October 13. Representatives from Jonathan Levi Architects and town and school staff will also be able to answer questions for those attending. The three finalist sites are the Village Site on Harvard Street, the Beverly Road site near Baker School, and the Baldwin School site.

Site concept drawings, enrollment growth information, and the Site Study Selection Criteria that have been shared over the last four public meetings will be displayed. While there will be no formal presentations, members of the public will be able to engage in conversation and dialogue with members of the School Committee and Selectmen. Written input from the public will also be collected.

For a full update on site selection for a new elementary school, please visit the Town website or the Public Schools website.
Sep 20

Reminder: Public Hearing on 9th Elementary School Site Selection on Thursday, September 22

Posted on September 20, 2016 at 5:26 PM by Ben Lummis

Reminder:  Public Hearing on the 9th Elementary School Site Selection at Town Hall on September 22
We are sending another reminder that the School Committee and Board of Selectmen will hold a Public Hearing to hear public comments on the 9th Elementary School Site Selection Process this Thursday the 22nd at 7:00 p.m. on the 6th floor of Town Hall. For those wishing to speak, there will be sign up sheets at the meeting. There will be a time limit of three minutes per person. Written input will also be collected.

The Board of Selectmen and the School Committee are scheduled to select a final site for the 9th Elementary School on October 13 at a joint board meeting at Brookline High School that begins at 8:00 p.m.

Since October 2015 there have been 16 open and public meetings where community members have been able to learn about, participate in, and provide input about site selection for the new PK-8 elementary school. This month there are five public meetings to provide the public with information about the sites under consideration and to get additional community input. For a complete summary of the Site Selection Process you can go to our 9th School section on the town or the school district websites.

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Update on the 9th School Site Selection Process
There have been two more public meetings during the past two weeks about site selection. On September 14th, more than 80 community members joined elected officials and staff from the Town and School Department at Baker School for an Open House about the 9th Elementary School Site Selection on the morning of September 14th.

September 14 Open House at Baker School 
More than 80 community members joined elected officials and staff from the Town and School Department at Baker School for an Open House about the 9th Elementary School Site Selection on the morning of September 14th.

The informal Open House format allowed participants to speak directly to and engage in conversation with the elected officials who will make the final decision on a site on October 13. Representatives from Jonathan Levi Architects including their traffic engineer spoke to the entire assembled crowd to address concerns about traffic, parking, and drop off. The architects and engineer also answered direct questions from the participants.

Site concept drawings, enrollment growth information, and the Site Study Selection Criteria were displayed throughout the Baker cafeteria at different stations. Participants chose which stations they visited and had a chance to ask questions of the elected leaders and staff members who were at that station.
 
September 8th Joint Board Meeting - Presentation of the School Site Selection Study

On September 8, the Board of Selectmen and the School Committee launched the final public input process leading up to site selection for a 9th elementary school by having a joint board meeting to on the 9th School Site Selection Study. More than 120 community members turned out at this meeting to hear Jonathan Levi of Jonathan Levi Architects (JLA) present the findings of the study of the three sites under consideration: Beverly Road, Baldwin School, and Village School (Stop and Shop site).

Mr. Levi shared the results of the study comparing the sites across 38 different criteria and also presented broad cost ranges for all three sites. He shared again illustrative site concepts designed to demonstrate how buildings could potentially be placed on each site. During and after the presentation, Selectmen and School Committee members asked questions and discussed in depth their impressions of each site. Mr. Levi’s firm concluded that all three sites were appropriate for and had the physical capacity to support a school while also describing some of the specific complexities each site presented.

8 Sites Removed from Consideration “for now”

Also on September 8, assured that the three finalist sites were viable, the boards considered a motion to remove other sites from consideration at this time. Each board held a separate vote to remove these sites from consideration at this time. In doing so, they were clear that these sites could potentially be considered at a later date.
    • Cottage Farm
    • Old Lincoln
    • Isabel School and Larz Anderson
    • Harvard Street Site (TJ Maxx)
    • Centre Street (Coolidge Corner)
    • Bournewood Hospital
    • Pine Manor
    • Putterham Meadows
The boards also announced additional meetings with Town Commissions and Departments where site selection for a new elementary school would be discussed.
    • Building Commission – September 13
    • Park and Recreation Commission – September 13
    • Advisory Committee (and subcommittees) – Sept 13, 20
    • Conservation Commission – September 20
    • Planning Board – September 21
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