School officials have appointed a principal to head the Old Lincoln School on Route 9/Boylston Street in Brookline when it is re-opened as temporary space. Photo by Brock Parker.
Brookline Public Schools have named a principal to head the Old Lincoln School as the town prepares to begin re-using the vacant building as temporary space to alleviate overcrowding in the district.
The school district announced Monday that Monica Crowley, the vice principal of the Lawrence School, will be the principal of the Old Lincoln School beginning July 1.
School district administrators are recommending that the old school on Route 9/Boylston Street be used as transition space from September 2015 through June of 2018 while the district expands and renovates other schools to address the need for more space caused by a surge in enrollment.
School officials have recommended the building be used for students in the 7th and 8th grades from September 2015 through June of 2016, and for grades 6 through 8 from September of 2016 through June of 2018.
Crowley’s tenure as principal will begin more than a year before students will be attending the Old Lincoln School, but in July she will begin working with the town’s building department, an architect and contractors and will develop a transition plan for staff and students, according to the school district.
“The temporary school will undoubtedly present some unique challenges but I have every confidence that Monica will be an exceptional principal and work closely with staff to create a community for her students,” said Superintendent of Schools William Lupini in a statement announcing the appointment Monday.
The Old Lincoln School was closed in the early 1990s, but has since been used as temporary space for other schools, such as the Runkle School, and other town departments, such as the Police Department, during construction projects.
A number of parents have vehemently objected to the school being used as a permanent solution to alleviating space needs in the district because it is beside the heavily traveled Route 9 and lacks green space around the building.
Crowley has been the vice principal at the Lawrence School in Brookline since 2008 and has 18 years of teaching experience at the middle school level, according to the school district.