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Here’s the TAB’s story and below is the official release for today’s announcement.

Mayor Warren today announced the City of Newton’s intent to purchase the Aquinas School and property located on Jackson Road in Nonantum/Newton Corner for $15,750,000.  The purchase is contingent upon approval of the Board of Aldermen and School Committee.

If approved, the acquisition would enable the City of Newton to consolidate its preschool program into one site while providing a renovated, new site for the Lincoln Eliot School.  The current Lincoln Eliot School would become swing space following the completion of the Cabot School in 2019, which will allow the Horace Mann School to move into the newly renovated Carr School.  The current Horace Mann building will be used for youth programming and an intergenerational community center.

“The intent to purchase the Aquinas property is an exciting development that will help us to address the needs of our community well into the future with a solution that is both cost-effective and efficient. I look forward to working with the Board of Aldermen, the School Committee, and the Newton community as we move forward,” Mayor Warren said.

“I’m extremely pleased the city has taken steps to acquire this parcel.  The Ward One Aldermen have been consistently talking to Mayor Warren and his staff about this important piece of property in our ward.  This acquisition and its components present a number of exciting opportunities for our educational system.  I’m really looking forward to working with the Mayor, my colleagues on the Board, the School Committee and School Department on what’s next for our community,” Board President Scott Lennon said.

“This is very exciting news for the entire Newton community, and represents an especially wonderful opportunity for our school system.  We can now move more students into much better facilities earlier and in a more efficient way than we originally thought possible.  We are grateful for the strategic vision that the Mayor’s office has shown and for the opportunity to so significantly benefit our schools and community for years to come,” School Committee Chairman Matt Hills said.

“The acquisition of Aquinas is an incredible development for our system.  I am grateful for the support of Mayor Warren and his team as the continued progress we are making on our school facilities will make a difference for Newton students for generations to come,” Superintendent David Fleishman said.


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