Braintree council approves money for school plans


The Braintree Town Council Tuesday night unanimously approved money for architectural plans for an expansion and renovation project at the East Middle School.

Patriot Ledger | By Fred Hanson
November 16, 2016

BRAINTREE – The town council Tuesday unanimously approved $286,974 for architectural plans for the expansion and renovation of the East Middle School.

The plans will be submitted to the Massachusetts School Building Authority, which is expected to decide in late June whether to give final approval to the project. The authority is expected to pay between 50 percent and 58 percent of the project’s $69 million cost.

School Superintendent Frank Hackett said the authority’s review of the project “has been extremely thorough and painstaking.”

The project is part of a plan to move fifth-grade classes to the middle schools in order to free up space Braintree’s elementary schools.

Mayor Joseph Sullivan, who also serves on the school committee, supports the project.

“This plan gets us to where we want to be,” the mayor said.

He said the school system recently created the Monatiquot School Kindergarten Center in order to free up space in the elementary schools.

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