Superintendent's Update

June 3, 2022

FY2023 Budget Update

We are pleased that PSB’s FY2023 budget was overwhelmingly approved by Brookline Town Meeting Members during the spring town meeting on Tuesday, May 31. With the financial figures finalized, we are working to create a final version of the FY2023 budget book. It is our intention that the final budget book will comprehensively detail where the voted appropriation - $128,098,883 - is allocated within the various schools, departments, and offices that compromise PSB.

Revised Draft Bullying Policy

As part of our ongoing efforts to prevent and respond to bullying and as per district policy, PSB reviews and updates the district's Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan every two years. This plan was first developed in 2010 in consultation with district stakeholders - including parents/guardians, teachers, school staff, professional support personnel, school volunteers, administrators, community representatives, local law enforcement agencies, and students. The latest revision of this plan can be found here.

As we review this plan, we encourage you to provide input on suggested changes and revisions by completing this Google Form. Your feedback is valuable in informing the final version of our plan. More details on the review process can be found here.

Middle School Program Review

Over the next few weeks and into the 2022-23 school year, PSB will be engaging in a wide-ranging middle school study with New Solutions K-12 (NSK12). The purpose of this review is to highlight and elevate the effective components of our current middle school model, better understand areas of need and potential improvement at the middle school level, and clearly define the district’s approach to middle school schedules going forward and the types of experiences students and families can expect from grades 6-8. NSK12 will engage a wide range of stakeholders through interviews, focus groups, and surveys and conduct a robust review of the district’s middle school course offerings, staffing, and programming to identify recommendations related to how the district might strengthen our approach to middle schools.

This work is intentionally designed to incorporate the input of students, staff, families, and community members from diverse backgrounds and perspectives across the district and the community to more effectively serve all students, including those who have been historically marginalized or excluded due to their race, gender identity, ability, economic status, linguistic ability, and other relevant identities. You can learn more about the review process here.

PSB Dyslexia Support Update

With the support of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), and in collaboration with PSB educators, the district has identified mClass as the dyslexia screener to be used in the upcoming school year. In anticipation of this rollout, the Office of Teaching and Learning (OTL) and Office of Student Services (OSS) are inviting PSB staff to provide guidance for the launch of the mClass tool, and develop methods to link screener data to the current PSB curriculum, and provide additional support where needed. Educators who are interested should review this letter from OTL and complete this Google form by Thursday, June 16.

You’re Invited: Baker School Pride Walk

Wednesday, June 8th, 3pm

205 Beverly Road

Brookline, MA

PSB students, staff, and families are invited to join the Baker School community in their first Pride Walk on Wednesday, June 8 at 3:00pm. Participants can take the opportunity to accessorize with temporary tattoos, face painting, and flags. Then, at about 3:15, everyone will embark on the walk throughout the Baker neighborhood. The Brookline Police Department will be helping with road safety and with the celebrations. All students in 4th grade or younger should be accompanied by an adult for this activity. The full schedule of events and route map can be found here. We look forward to seeing you next week!

Fall 2022 Brookline High School Sports Registration Now Open

BHS Athletics announced that registration for all fall sports (Cheerleading, Cross Country, Field Hockey, ​Football, Boys Golf, Soccer, Girls Swim and Dive, and Girls Volleyball) is now open. Interested students should visit the BHS Athletics website ( to sign up. Registration for the season closes on Tuesday, August 19.

Brookline Cares Sock Drive!

Brookline Cares, a volunteer organization led by BHS juniors Eliot Arnold, Gabriel Benavidez, Sheejin Choi, Tim Lee, Rowan Michaud, Matthew Murphy, Ishaan Narasimhan, Ellery Nistler, Sean O’Leary, and Marco Tchernychev, is conducting a Sock Drive from now until Wednesday, June 15. All donations will be sent to local emergency departments or organizations in the Greater Boston area that work with people who are unsheltered or homeless. The goal is to raise $2,500 for 2,500 pairs of socks!

Only new socks in their original packaging can be accepted as donations. You can order new packages of socks and donate them directly to Brookline Cares (mailing address: 91 Shaw Rd, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467) using this Amazon link here. Folks can also arrange to drop off donations in person by completing this online form.

Community Updates

  • Brookline Recreation Summer Programs: Registration for summer programs hosted by Brookline Rec are now open! Programs are available for children as young as 15 months and include options such as archery, Tae Kwon Do, or swimming in the Evelyn Kirrane Aquatics Center. Click here to register and access the full list of programs.

  • The Evelyn Kirrane Aquatics Center is hosting an Open House on Sunday, June 26 from 10:00 to 1:00. Click here for full details about this free and fun event, featuring swimming, music, games and prizes!
  • Seeing the Spectrum - An Introduction to Gender and Sexual Diversity: The Public Library of Brookline invites community members to an introductory workshop on gender and sexual diversity on Tuesday, June 7 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m at their Brookline Village location (361 Washington Street). In this program, participants will learn about the relationship between gender, sex, and sexuality; practice using gender-neutral pronouns; discuss how to show respect and support, and see how identity goes beyond the binary. Sign up here!