Brookline High School is currently experiencing the initial wave of rapid enrollment growth that will increase the student body from 1,800 students in 2015 to at least 2,600 or more students by 2023. Anticipating this growth, the School Committee, School Department, and Board of Selectmen have been moving forward on developing expansion plans.
 
In February 2015, the Board of Selectmen, School Committee, and Advisory Committee all voted to forego partnering with the Massachusetts School Building Authority in order to accelerate this project, create additional design flexibility and reduce total costs of the project.
 
The project is currently in the Feasibility Phase, and undergoing a Feasibility Study to identify the preferred option for expansion, as well as to develop preliminary costs. The Feasibility Study is being conducted by HMFH Architects and will be completed in May 2016. Please see Upcoming Public Meetings for the schedule of scheduled meetings of the BHS Building Committee. 
 
The Building Committee for the BHS Expansion Project will be voting a preferred expansion option on Wednesday, May 3. Before then, all community members are invited to share their input and comments with the Building Committee and the School Committee at one of two Public Hearings happening the week of April 24. Each Public Hearing will have a presentation from the architects on the design options and costs, and then, an opportunity for individuals to make a 3 minute statement. The Building Committee will hold a Public Hearing on April 26 at 7 p.m. in the School Committee Room on the 5th floor of Town Hall. The School Committee will hold a Public Hearing on April 27 at 7pm at the same location. Please join us at one or both evenings to give us your feedback, or you can provide written feedback to the BHS Building Committee by clicking here.  
 
Once a preferred expansion option has been chosen, funding for the next stage of study will be considered and voted at Town Meeting in May. These public hearings and consideration at Town Meeting are critical to keeping the project on schedule and ensuring a high-quality educational experience for students as high school enrollment continues to increase.   
 
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For the full schedule of meetings, please see the Upcoming Public Meetings section.
 
Charge and Membership of the BHS Building Committee
There shall be established a Building Committee for the Brookline High School Expansion Project. In keeping with recent practice on the Devotion School project, this committee shall be modeled using the MSBA Building Committee guidelines as a starting point. The Committee shall consist of a member of the Building Commission, Board of Selectmen and School Committee, each selected by their designated boards, who together shall serve as co-chairs of the Committee. The other members of the Committee shall be as listed below. The Board of Selectmen, working with the Town Administrator and staff, shall provide candidates to fill the Park and Recreation Commission representative and the two greater BHS community positions. The Superintendent, working with the Headmaster, shall provide candidates to fill the two parent community representatives, the dean representative and the student representative positions. The slate of members shall be ratified by the Board of Selectmen and the School Committee.
  • The Building Committee shall advise and support the Building Commission, Board of Selectmen and School Committee in connection with their authority and responsibilities for the construction and alteration of town buildings and structures under Article 3.7 of the General By-Laws of the Town of Brookline. 
  • The Building Committee shall also be the main body responsible for engaging and informing the public on the project.
  • The Building Committee shall work with the Project Manager and consultants in support of the project. The Project Manager shall attend all the meetings of the Building Committee and serve as the Committee’s staff person.
  • The Building Committee shall be concerned with all aspects of the project including budget, schedule, safety, public relations coordination of town agencies, logistics, and contract compliance. 

Name

Position

George Cole

Co-Chair - Building Commission

Nancy Heller

Co-Chair - Selectmen

Susan Wolf Ditkoff

Co-Chair - School Committee

Nancy O'Connor

Park and Recreation Commission Member

Ian Roffman

School Parent Community Representative

Jordan Meranus

School Parent Community Representative

Matthew Oudens

Greater BHS Community Representative

Bobbie Knable

Greater BHS Community Representative

Mel Kleckner

Town Administrator or designee

Daniel Bennett

Building Commissioner or designee

Andrew Bott

Superintendent of Schools

Mary Ellen Dunn

Deputy Superintendent of Schools for Administration and Finance

Nicole Gittens

Deputy Superintendent of Schools for Teaching and Learning

Anthony Meyer

Brookline High School Headmaster

Jenee Ramos

Brookline High School Dean

Nicholas Gerszten

Student Representative

Ray Masak

Project Manager, Building Department

 
  
How We Got Here and Other Earlier Work:

Winter/Spring 2016: This winter and spring the Brookline High School Expansion Working Group has taken steps to advance the process to expand and renovate BHS. The working group is made up of BHS teachers, staff, coordinators, district administrators, and school committee members.  

September 2013:  the School Committee voted to direct the Superintendent to engage in further study regarding the B-SPACE recommendation to maximize the use, whether by efficiency and/or expansion, of Brookline High School. The charge included beginning a process of analyzing the pedagogical and administrative implications of optimally serving up to 2,500 high school students in Brookline. The recommendation(s) may include new or revamped programs, staffing and administrative structures, and facilities use. The process to develop a plan and educational program for an expansion of high school capacity should include consultation with current BHS faculty and students, the Brookline community, the School Committee, PSB leadership, as well as input from the research on current best practices in curriculum, instruction, and pedagogy for secondary schools. This process is to be led by the Superintendent and Headmaster, and will take into account, but not be limited to, the options presented in the HMFH Architects, Inc. High School Concept Study, the B-Space Committee Report, and the Symmes Maini & McKee Associates (SMMA) study from 2015.
 
For a more information on the space studies that were completed in 2013 and 2015, please see the Brookline town website.
 
BHS Educational Plan  (2/10/17 draft)
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