Wellesley Public Schools have come up with a surprise plan to solve a serious space squeeze by setting up classrooms at a number of empty storefronts across town starting in the fall.
Wellesley Middle School and Wellesley High School will be the major beneficiaries of the new leases for tens of thousands of square feet of space. Under the plan, music classes will be shifted to the vacant Different Drummer space in Wellesley Square, physical education classes will take place at the soon-to-be-empty Rugged Bear location, drama courses will move to the Wellesley Hills Whole Foods location once the grocery store heads down the road to the former Star Market land, some math classes will be held in the old Bank of America property in Wellesley Square and visual arts students and volleyball players will attend classes at the former Blockbuster Video space on Washington Street. There’s some talk of holding detentions at the former Trappings location in the square.
“It really meets the needs of the schools and the business community,” said one school official, speaking on terms of anonymity. “It’s good to get this in the works since space is really going to be at a premium when we move to the new high school building.”
Funding for the project, which isn’t trivial, will come largely through the recovery of nearly $1 million in previously uncollected milk money bills from families across Wellesley.
According to Wellesley Public School sources, the arrangement will enable students and teachers to focus more on key objectives, such as getting students’ sensitivity MCAS scores on par with their math and English MCAS scores and coming up with an even more newsworthy spring field trip for 7th graders than last year’s mosque outing.
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