WBUR’s Edify team reports on the BuildBPS released by Boston Public Schools ahead of their October 17 School Committee meeting: Boston Plans To Close 3 Schools As Part Of Facilities Master Plan:
Boston Public School leaders are proposing to close three schools as part of a broader plan to upgrade the district’s aging buildings.
The West Roxbury Academy and the Urban Science Academy, which share a building in West Roxbury, are slated to close at the end of this school year. Officials said the building is in such poor condition that closure was a matter of safety.
BTU President Jessica Tang weighed in:
Boston Teachers Union president Jessica Tang echoed the concern for students and teachers. Tang said the three schools slated for closure have been working to improve their academic programming over the last few years, and she hopes educators there will be able to continue those efforts as their buildings close.
“We’re hoping that the district will remain open to adjusting these plans as they hear feedback,” Tang said.
District leaders will present the full proposal of the facilities master plan, called Build BPS Phase II, at a special school committee meeting Wednesday night. It will also include renovation proposals and the construction of new school buildings. Twelve projects, which include new school buildings and what the district calls “major transformation,” are expected to be completed or under construction by 2027.
Tang wondered whether these new facilities will actually create better opportunities for the students. School officials noted that West Roxbury Academy and Urban Science Academy have specialized programs. The district has not disclosed where these programs will be placed, but said it will prioritize placing those students and programs in other high schools.