To learn more, visit the Brookline Public Schools page about the Driscoll School Building ProjectPlease, VOTE: Tues. May 7, Polls open: 7am to 8pmWhat: A new building to serve 800 students, with 4 sections per grade and 3 pre-K classrooms (currently there are 630 students with 3 sections per grade, except for 4th with 4 sections, and 1 pre-K). In addition, a cafeteria big enough to serve all students in 3 lunch periods (rather than the current 5 lunches); 2 gyms (one twice the size of the current gym); a multi-purpose room with a stage; 3 music rooms, 2 art rooms, a maker/fab space, 3 middle school science classrooms, outdoor classrooms, and of course, a library! Plus many spaces for small group learning and teacher collaboration. And 25% more open space with newly designed playground and fields.
Where: On current field/playground. New field/playground will be built on site of current building. (i.e. the building and open space are swapping spaces.)
When: Construction would begin summer 2020, with new school opening Fall 2022
Why: Brookline school enrollment has grown 40% over the last decade, Driscoll has grown by over 65%. We need more space! Plus the current over a century old building has never been fully renovated and needs work.
Cost: $108.8 m including new fossil free fuel building, play area, 25 underground parking spaces, and improvements to adjacent sidewalks and streets.
How: If the project is to move forward, voters in Brookline must approve a debt exclusion to fund it. On Tues May 7th ballot, question 1 will ask if you agree to have the town of Brookline construct new school buildings for Driscoll and Baldwin. A yes votes means you want to fund the project.