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September 30, 2013

Brown School eyed for youth center

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“Plus, the gym at the Brown is a valuable asset for all age groups.”

Holaday, who is chair of the School Committee, added that administrative offices might be moved from the Nock/Molin complex to the Brown.

“We need more room at the Nock,” said Holaday. “We want more academic programs, including expanding our languages offering.

“If administration offices are moved to the Brown, we’d have more flexibility at Nock for class planning.”

Tom O’Brien, president of the City Council, recently said, “The Kelley needs a lot of work and the city should not put a lot of money into it. Move all the activities to the Brown such as Youth Service and they could even move the superintendent and all of their offices and this would free up valuable space for the Nock-Molin.

“The youth could use the playground and all of the facilities and then the Brown will not be sold. This would be best for the neighborhood and the city.”

City officials say that if youth services do move to the Brown, transportation would have to be addressed.

Lisa Bleicken, who headed a citizen’s petition effort to reserve part of the property for a park, said, “Our group would be pleased with and supportive of the reuse of the Brown School for administrative school offices, youth services, etc.”

She said she was aware of the item on the City Council’s agenda today that addresses the matter.

Numerous students from the Nock and the high school walk to the Kelley after school to participate in activities there.

“We would have to deal with transportation,” said Holaday. “But we can talk with the bus company, and we can consider transportation by van.”

The Brown School is scheduled to be discussed today at a regular meeting of the City Council.

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