New board to oversee Brookline school project

The Boston Globe | By John Hilliard
November 22, 2016

A newly formed board to oversee a proposed project to build Brookline’s ninth elementary school is scheduled to meet for the first time on Wednesday, Nov. 30.

Last month, town officials approved using the town’s Baldwin property off Heath Street for a new school after a years-long search for a site to accommodate expected growth in student enrollment. Officials hope to open a new kindergarten to Grade 8 school building in 2020.

But some neighbors are concerned that a new school in that location will add to traffic congestion and make the area less safe.

The town’s Transportation Board was expected to discuss an upcoming traffic study for the project during its Nov. 21 meeting, but the Transportation Board postponed it because the new school panel hadn’t had a chance to meet, “nor decided any transportation measure they want to recommend,” according to the town.

“The co-chairs want to hear more from the public before getting to that point,” the town said in its statement.

The 9th Elementary School Building Committee is scheduled to meet Nov. 30 at 8 a.m. in Room 103 of Town Hall.

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