Braintree to submit plans for expanded middle school

The school committee Monday night approved submitting plans for an East Middle School addition to the Massachusetts School Building Authority.

Patriot Ledger | By Fred Hanson
May 16, 2017

BRAINTREE – Plans for the expansion of East Middle School will be submitted to the state school building authority.

The school committee unanimously approved the submission at their meeting Monday night.

School Superintendent Frank Hackett said the school building authority “will do a thorough review” of the proposal.
“Once they’re satisfied, they’ll pass it on to the full board,“: he said.

The authority is expected to decide on the plans in late June. The authority would pick up about half of the cost of the project, estimated at $83.1 million.

In his budget presentation to the town council on May 2, Mayor Joseph Sullivan said he would not seek a debt exclusion under Proposition 2½ to pay the town’s share of the cost. Rather, he proposed setting aside $1 million starting in the budget for the year beginning July 1 and the following two years to cover the town’s share of the school building project.

Expanding the East and South middle schools is part of a plan to move fifth-grade classes to the middle schools. The move will free up classroom space in the elementary schools to handle the system’s growing enrollment. The system has added 1,000 students over the past two decades.

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