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Conservatory Lab Charter School in Brighton to relocate some classrooms as it continues to expand

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  August 7, 2013 01:58 PM

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The Conservatory Lab Charter School in Brighton plans to relocate some of its classrooms to another building less than a half-mile away as it continues to expand.

The music-infused public school recently signed a lease for space at 320 Washington St. in Brighton Center, which will house classrooms for K1, K2, grade 1 and grade 2.

The school’s upper grades, development office and administration will continue to be housed at the building at 25 Arlington St. location. The new space will have its own office and operations staff person.

In February, the state approved plans for the school to add grades 7 and 8 and to increase enrollment by 275 students in the process. Before that approval was granted, the school’s enrollment capacity was for 169 students in grades K1 to 6.

The lease at the Washington Street site is for two years and the school expects to only use the space for between two and three years, “as we lay our plays for our more permanent building to house our entire school,” according to an announcement on the school’s website.

“We chose this building for its close proximity to our current location, ample space for academics and music, and readiness to move in without a need for renovations,” the announcement said. “After months of searching, it comes as a great relief to have found a space so well suited to our needs.”

Annie Sevelius will be principal of the new location. Reading specialist Shoshana Jacobs and special education administrator Beverly Duquette will also have offices there.

The school said it has hired a team to ensure that the spaces is in compliance with codes needed for use as a school.

According to an announcement from the Brighton Allston Civic Association, the school has requested city approval for the new space to house between 170 and 200 students in pre-K to grade 2.

The school will present its plan at a community meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 8 on the third floor of the Boston Marine Health Center on Warren Street.

E-mail Matt Rocheleau at mjrochele@gmail.com.
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