An outside audit of Boston public schools finds that even with school closings in recent years, there are way too many empty classrooms in BPS schools.
According to the audit, highlights of which BPS released this morning, BPS enrollment this year is 54,000 in a system with 90,000 seats.
The audit potentially paves the way for BPS to begin closing more schools - but also suggests that the $1.7 million to $2.2 million that could be saved from each school closing be used to boost after-school programs, add electives across the remaining schools and even build the "state-of-the-art high school" that outgoing City Councilor Charles Yancey spent 20 years unsuccessfully fighting for.
Officials did not identify any specific schools they feel should be shut. Separately, BPS is conducting its own review of school facilities to come up with a ten-year plan school-building plan and said:
Additional, targeted analysis would be required to confirm specific opportunities, as well as public engagement and strategic evaluations to weigh the costs and benefits of the different options.