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School Committee approves shifting three Dorchester schools

Posted by Patrick Rosso  February 7, 2013 04:43 PM

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Three Dorchester early education schools will shift locations after the Boston School Committee voted to approve the plan Wednesday night.

The Lee Academy Pilot School on Talbot Avenue will be moved to the Fifield building on Dunbar Avenue; the Early Childhood Center at the Fifield building will be merged into the Lee Academy Pilot School; and the Joseph Lee School will remain at its current location on Talbot Avenue.

The plan was proposed by Superintendent Carol R. Johnson to open up more seats for the projected influx of young students and those with disabilities.

“We’re excited the School Committee decided to approve the plan the Superintendent brought forth,” said Matthew Wilder, director of communications for BPS. “It’s going to be a great opportunity for the students.”

The Lee Academy Pilot School's new location was recently renovated, according to a letter distributed by BPS to the schools’ families in January. The added space will allow the school to add additional K2 and first-grade classes. Autistic students, however, will not have to leave the school's current location and will be able to stay until the eighth-grade at the Joseph Lee School.

The Early Childhood Center will merge with the Lee Academy Pilot School. Pre-K students with autism will be offered placement at the Joseph Lee School. Early Childhood students in integrated or substantially separate programs will also have the opportunity to be placed at either the Joseph Lee School or Lee Academy Pilot School.

The Joseph Lee School, which will remain in its current building, will create a preschool to eighth-grade autism strand and will also add pre-Kl/K1 inclusion classrooms and general education K2 and first-grade classrooms.

The changes will start in the fall of 2013.

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