Wednesday Night (August 15), the Brookfield Board of Education approved a 10-year, 78.1 million dollar improvement plan that includes new and renovated school buildings.

Part of the newly passed plan would include building a new Huckleberry Hill Elementary School that would serve over 1,300 students in grades pre-kindergarten through grade five. Center Elementary School, which serves pre-kindergarten and first grade students, would be closed and set aside for town use, and those students would attend the new Huckleberry Hill School.

According to newstimes.com, the new Huckleberry Hill Elementary School will be set up to keep the youngest kids separate from the older students, with the addition of an Early Learning Center for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten. There will also be a fifth grade academy designed to prepare students for Jr. High at Whisconier Middle School.

Construction would begin in 2020, take about two years, and is planned so students would be able to stay in their schools until the new Huckleberry Hill Elementary School is complete. The Huckleberry Hill School was built in 1960, and an addition added in 1993.

When this project is complete, the board will seek town and state funding to renovate the Whisconier Middle School, and make needed renovations to the High School, That project wouldn't start until 2026 and continue until 2028.

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