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Brookline to hold vote on Driscoll, Baldwin school plans

Brookline Town Meeting members are scheduled to cast their votes Dec. 13 on proposals to fund design work for projects at the Driscoll and Baldwin schools.

Both projects are aimed at adding more space needed for growing student enrollment in the town’s public schools, according to a statement on the school department’s website.

Town Meeting members also are scheduled to vote on the purchase of 15-19 Oak St., a roughly 8,200-square-foot property that abuts town-owned land near the Baldwin school.

“This will provide the town with important additional flexibility in terms of locating and designing the school and amenities needed for students, faculty, and families,” the Select Board reported in an explanation of the warrant article.

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Brookline Town Meeting is scheduled to meet Thursday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. at the Brookline High School auditorium at 115 Greenough St.

Though the cost of the design work has not yet been announced, the estimated cost of the expanded Baldwin is $72 million to $76 million, with the new Driscoll $93 million to $105 million.

Before the scheduled Town Meeting votes, the Advisory Committee will hold a public meeting on the proposals Tuesday, Dec. 4, from 5:30 to 10 p.m. in Room 103 of Brookline Town Hall at 333 Washington St.

In November, a pair of building committees reviewing possible choices for the two schools issued their preferred design options on the projects.

The Driscoll School Building Committee recommended construction of a new, larger building to replace the existing school, the school department statement said. And the Baldwin School Building Committee recommended a project to rebuild and expand the existing Baldwin school building, the statement said.

Brookline’s public schools have grown from 3,904 students in 2006 to 5,482 students in 2017, according to the statement.

Space limitations and overcrowding of classrooms in many school buildings “significantly impact the educational program” of the schools, the department said.

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“In response to these deficiencies, the goal of the Driscoll and Baldwin school projects is to create modern schools and high quality learning environments comparable to surrounding communities that are built to last through this century,” the statement said.


John Hilliard can be reached at john.hilliard@globe.com.