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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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