Dear Brookline Families, Educators and Community Members,
Yesterday, through the annual Town election, Brookline stood up for its schools and said, “Yes!” Brookline came together and said YES to stronger, more equitable schools to support all students. Brookline came together and said YES to secure the future of Brookline High School by committing to expanding the campus to serve its rapidly growing student body. Brookline came together and said YES to our educators, school leaders and, especially, our children
I want to express my deep and heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to the community for its ongoing commitment to its public schools. We are grateful to the thousands of community members who stood up for Brookline’s schools by publicly stating their support, campaigning for, and voting for the operating override and the debt exclusion override to fund the high school expansion.
Thanks to voter support, the Town will continue moving forward on our ambitious and exciting expansion at Brookline High School where we expect to add nearly 500 students in the next five years. Funding approved by voters allows the town to build a state-of-the-art science center, a new academic building on Cypress Street that will be fully integrated into the campus, and make improvements to Cypress Field and the Tappan Athletic Complex, facilities used by the entire town.
While the operating override provides financial stability for Brookline’s schools through FY 2021, our team understands that we face significant financial challenges in the years ahead. We have much work to do to ensure the efficient and appropriate allocation of resources so that we do not continue to grow beyond available revenues. In the years ahead we need to continue to find cost savings and efficiencies. We will have to be diligent in reviewing how we schedule, staff, budget, and deliver services so that we can maintain the rich diversity and excellence in our schools while preserving the trust and support of our entire community. School and district leadership will have to work closely with our educators, the School Committee, the Advisory Board, the Select Board, town departments and others to find solutions to the projected long-term structural deficits.
Today, I am thankful for the tremendous community support that allows us to continue strengthening our outstanding school system.
Andrew J. Bott