Brookline confronts a surge in student enrollment

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Brookline residents and officials last week confronted the stark reality of the surging student enrollment in the town’s public schools, and the potential for a tax increase that could add well over $600 to the annual bill for property owners.

At a Monday night hearing that drew about 250 people, some audience members wore green shirts as a show of opposition to a plan that would use a portion of Amory Park as the location for a new school.

Looking out at the green shirts, the Board of Selectmen’s chairwoman, Betsy DeWitt, announced that town officials are aware of the value of the north Brookline park, and residents’ desire to keep it as a green space.

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