The School Building Committee for Wellesley Middle School notified neighbors of the school this week that the group has withdrawn a motion before Town Meeting to request funds that would be used to build modular classrooms designed to accommodate a coming spike in enrollment. The idea was to transfer funds from the School Department to the Permanent Building Committee for design and permitting of the modular classrooms, which were proposed to be situated on the current parking lot on Donizetti St. by fall of 2011.
Terri Tsagaris, chair of the SBC for the middle school and a member of the board of selectmen, says “the SBC will continue to evaluate options to address the increased enrollment and space needs at the middle school.”
The committee has looked at various ways to squeeze more class space out of the school, such as by converting the fitness center into classroom space.
The SBC’s decision to withdraw the Town Meeting space was welcomed by some middle school neighbors, who argued that the modular classrooms would be disruptive in terms of appearance, traffic congestion and more. Various education support groups in town had urged residents to press Town Meeting members to vote in favor of the plan.