BPS Supt. Proposes School Closures

By Jess Bidgood

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Dec. 2, 2010

Boston — Boston Public Schools Superintendent Carol Johnson is expected to unveiled a proposal Thursday that would close, merge and move schools in an effort to close a $63 million budget gap.

The details of the proposal, published briefly on the BPS website Thursday afternoon, included eight outright school closures, five school mergers and four expansions.

Johnson said the proposal is intended to cut costs related to empty seats across the district. "We have far too many school buildings for the number of students we serve," Johnson wrote in a statement. "Those empty seats cost millions of dollars every year -- money that would be better used on academic efforts."

Johnson said she marked schools for closure, merger and expansion based on criteron including academic performance, turnaround capacity, enrollment numbers and the availability of other options.

Proposed school closures:

  • Close East Zone ELC

  • Close Fifield Elementary

  • Close Middle School Academy

  • Close Emerson Elementary

  • Close Farragut Elementary

  • Close Agassiz Elementary

  • Close The Engineering School

  • Close Social Justice Academy
     

Other proposed changes:

  • Merge Lee Academy with Lee Elementary, creat a K-8

  • Merge Alighieri and Umana

  • Merge Urban Science Academy and Parkway Academy of Technology and Health

  • Merge Brook Farm Business & Service Career Academy and Media Communications Technology High School

  • Merge Excel HIgh School and Monument High School

  • Expand Holland Elementary

  • Expand King K-8

  • Relocate Community Academy of Science and Health

  • Unite and expand TechBoston Academy

  • Move Dorchester Academy

  • Clap Elementary becomes "Innovation School"

  • Convert Gavin Middle School to "Up Academy"



SEE THE LIST OF CLOSURES, CHANGES
ONE THIRD OF MASS. URBAN STUDENTS RISK DROPPING OUT

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