MSBA Approves over $21M in Accelerated Repair Grants

Expedited Process Improves Learning Environments for Children in 10 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 $21,007,376 for 10 Accelerated Repair Projects in 7 school districts. 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 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 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 Estimated Total Construction Estimated Total Project Costs

Blackstone-Millville Regional School District

John F. Kennedy Elementary School

Partial Windows/Doors; Boiler $4,611,588 $2,526,933

John Marshall Elementary School

Windows/Doors $5,429,304 $3,195,004
East Bridgewater

Central Elementary School

Boiler $1,540,910 $829,054
Fall River

James Tasney Elementary School

Windows/Doors; Partial Boiler

$2,970,496 $2,010,223
Samuel Watson Elementary School Roof; Windows/Doors; Partial Boiler  $10,202,644 $4,011,560

School for Exceptional Studies

Roof $4,500,000 $3,134,072
Mansfield Mansfield High School Partial Windows/Doors $1,880,090 $861,077

Henri A. Yelle Elementary School

Windows/Doors $3,901,303 $2,070,041

J.C. Solmonese Elementary School

Windows/Doors   $2,363,618 $1,243,728

L.G. Nourse Elementary School 

Windows/Doors   $2,146,006 $1,125,684
  Totals $39,545,959 $21,007,376

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 $13.2 billion in reimbursements for school construction projects.