MSBA Approves over $10.4M in Accelerated Repair Grants

Expedited Process Improves Learning Environments for Children in 7 Schools

BOSTON - State Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg, Chair of the Massachusetts School Building Authority ("MSBA"), and Jack McCarthy, MSBA Executive Director/Deputy CEO, announced today that the MSBA Board of Directors has approved up to$10,483,908 for 7 Accelerated Repair Projects in 6 school districts.

"The Accelerated Repair Program allows us to make critical repairs to more schools in less time,” said Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg. “By improving the learning environment for our children, the Program also makes schools more energy efficient and generates significant cost savings."

The main goals of the Accelerated Repair Program are to improve learning environments for children and teachers, reduce energy use, and generate cost savings for districts. The program provides funding for the repair or replacement of roofs, windows, and boilers in schools that are otherwise structurally, functionally, and educationally sound.

"The MSBA continues to partner with Massachusetts communities in the ongoing work of upgrading their public schools,” Executive Director/Deputy CEO McCarthy said. “These improvements to school facilities can only enhance students’ ability to excel in the classroom."

Below is a list of the projects that were approved for Accelerated Repair Program grants at the Board meeting today:

District School Scope Total Project Budget Estimated Maximum Total Facilities Grant
Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School District Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School Partial Roof $1,506,748 $625,551
Kingston Kingston Elementary School Partial Bolier $937,414 $478,001
Lowell Dr. Gertrude Bailey Elementary School Partial Roof; Boiler $2,688,012 $1,907,921
James F. Sullivan Middle School Roof; Boiler $3,741,552 $2,666,740
Northbridge Northbridge Middle School Boiler $2,958,891 $1,656,427
Salem Bentley Academy Boiler $1,563,011 $1,080,017
Westport Westport Elementary School Roof $4,510,537 $2,069,251
    Totals $17,906,165 $10,483,908

The MSBA partners with Massachusetts communities to support the design and construction of educationally-appropriate, flexible, sustainable, and cost-effective public school facilities. Since its 2004 inception, the Authority has made over 1,750 site visits to more than 250 school districts as part of its due diligence process and has made over $14.3 billion in reimbursements for school construction projects.