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Boston school development to prioritize fast-growing neighborhoods like Eastie

Dorchester and Mattapan could also see new buildings under 10-year plan that includes phasing out middle schools

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Boston plans to build or at least start building a dozen schools in different neighborhoods within the next 10 years, according to a plan announced November 28.

In particular, East Boston, Dorchester, and Mattapan would get new elementary schools designed to alleviate a shortage of classroom space in those fast-growing parts of the city. East Boston could see two new elementary schools, with property purchases coming within the next few months; and Dorchester—or nearby—could see up to three new ones.

And West Roxbury would see a new school for grades 7 through 12 in place of the current West Roxbury high school complex. This last part of the plan is also part of Boston’s larger effort to do away with middle schools, instead merging those grades with either elementary or high schools.

A couple of neighborhoods—Charlestown and South Boston—are unlikely to see new schools or major overhauls, per the Globe’s James Vaznis. That is because there is either already sufficient classroom space or because of expected additions in neighboring enclaves.