Once-embattled Brighton school reborn as community center
“Happiness Is Our Intention,’’ reads a sign inside the signature brick walls of what once was Our Lady of the Presentation School in Brighton’s Oak Square. Fresh paint adorns old classrooms built in the 1920s. Original wood floors gleam with refinishing. Nearly eight years after the Archdiocese of Boston caused a firestorm by locking out students two days before the school was scheduled to be shuttered, a grass-roots group that transformed the landmark into a community center is prepping for the building’s coming-out party.