Pembroke school board recommends closing Village School

  • The Pembroke School Board is looking at a merger of the Pembroke Hill School and the Pembroke Village School. GEOFF FORESTER

Monitor staff
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The Pembroke school board has officially signaled its intent to close the K-1 Village School, voting unanimously Tuesday to recommend sending its students to the Hill School starting in the 2019-20 school year.

A committee studying what to do about the district’s two lower elementaries earlier this month recommended merging the two schools at Hill and using modulars to accommodate the overflow in the short term.

School board member David Doherty said the committee’s report had been extremely thorough and its suggestions sound. He emphasized modulars should be a short-term solution but the best option for now.

“The whole thing just makes sense to me. And I think it’s time we started doing what we need to do,” he said.

School board member Patricia Nardone Boucher said she agreed with the committee’s recommendations, but added town officials – and in particular, its capital improvement program committee – needed to be included in whatever discussions followed.

“There are constituencies that need to be involved,” she said.

School board members didn’t discuss Tuesday within what timeline they would like to see the modulars discontinued and have an addition built at Hill. An architecture firm last month told the board that renovating and expanding Hill would cost an estimated $15.4 million.

(Lola Duffort can be reached at 369-3321 or lduffort@cmonitor.com.)