The Jamaica Plain Gazette recently reported that BPS does not have money budgeted for repairs to the Agassiz elementary school in the 2011-2016 capital plan. The gym leaks when it rains, among other concerns.
Meanwhile, BPS will begin to look at which schools to close this summer, with closures perhaps occurring in 2011. BPS officials say it's likely that six schools will close. The lack of funds allocated for repairs raises the question of whether Agassiz will be among the shuttered schools. BPS spokesman Matt Wilder told the Gazette that BPS will look at the following criteria for school closures: geographic location; use for outside programming; academic performance; enrollment; the building's age and health and additional services offered.
In addition to a school closure plan, BPS will be asking for community input this summer for redrawing assignment zones.