Pierce School Building Project - Overview
Overview and Background
Since 2005, Brookline has experienced historic enrollment growth in its public schools. The K-8 elementary schools have grown by 41% going from 3,904 students in 2006 to 5,503 students in 2018, 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 have 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.
The Pierce School Building Project is part of the Town’s ongoing effort to address the historic enrollment growth, overcrowding, and substandard facilities in the Public Schools of Brookline. Brookline will be working in partnership with the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) during this project and will follow the MSBA’s process for school building design and construction.
Brookline officially entered MSBA’s Eligibility Period for the Pierce project in June. One of the first milestones in the process is for the Select Board to name a School Building Committee that will monitor and provide guidance during design and construction.
The first meeting of the Pierce School Building Committee will be on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. in the School Committee Room.
Preliminary Timeline (June 2019- February 2020):