Earlier this year, the Driscoll School Building Project reached an important milestone with the completion of the schematic design phase. The Driscoll School Building Committee, along with architectural firm Jonathan Levi Architects, the School Committee, and the Select Board finished reviewing final design plans, refined construction cost, and project cost estimates in April 2019.
Town of Brookline voters must approve a debt exclusion override before any construction on the Driscoll School can begin. On October 22, 2019, the Select Board will be holding a public hearing to determine if this question should be placed on a Town-wide ballot. PSB students, staff, parents, alumni, and community members are invited to comment at the following meeting:
Select Board Meeting: Tuesday, October 22, 6:45 p.m., at Brookline Town Hall, Select Board Hearing Room, 333 Washington Street, 6th Floor
The full meeting agenda can be accessed here.
Overview and Background
Since 2005, Brookline has experienced historic enrollment growth in its public schools. The K-8 elementary schools have grown by 40% going from 3,904 students in 2006 to 5,482 students in 2017, which is equivalent to adding three schools into our existing schools in just over 10 years. For a decade now, the Town and School Department has been addressing the expanding student population by studying potential sites for a new elementary school and by adding classrooms to existing schools by dividing classrooms; converting offices, locker rooms, and hallways into classrooms; renting private buildings; and building new classrooms or adding modular classes. Despite adding nearly 60 classrooms to our existing schools through this “Expand-in-Place” strategy, the schools continue to be severely overcrowded.
On September 26, 2019, the School Committee unanimously approved moving forward with the Long-Term Capital Plan to address Brookline’s overcrowded schools, substandard facilities, and historic enrollment growth over the past ten years. Through this plan, the district will renovate and expand the Pierce School through the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) partnership, renovate and expand the Driscoll School, and continue plans to build a new K-8 school at Brookline.