Word is starting to come out tonight of schools that BPS officials want to shut as part of an ambitious program to consolidate Boston students into fewer, but modernized, school buildings. Among the first to go under the BuildBPS program, Start Smart BPS reports, are the West Roxbury Academy and the Urban Science Academy.
In a letter sent today to staffers, students and parents at the schools, both housed in what is now called the West Roxbury Education Complex, interim Superitendent Laura Perille wrote the building is in such bad shape it won't last to July and that it would need to be shut for two years for repairs. Rather than do that, she said, BPS wants to just shut the two schools completely. She said that students would get priority assignments for seats in other non-exam BPS schools and that administrators are looking at ensuring current teachers can get jobs at other schools.
Perille's letter does not say what will happen to the building and its campus, which includes state-of-the-art athletic fields, opened at a cost of $18 million in 2015.
Also slated for closing, but in 2020: The McCormack Middle School in Dorchester, which BPS wants to rebuild and turn into a 7-12 school. Current McCormack students will get seats at an expanded Excel High School.
Perille is expected to detail more proposed closings and reorganizations at the School Committee's Wednesday meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. at the Bolling Building in Dudley Square.