Statements of Interest
The Massachusetts School Building Authority's 2017 Statement of Interest ("SOI") submittal period will open on Friday, January 6, 2017.
Submitting an SOI is the critical first step in the MSBA's program to partially fund the construction, renovation, addition or repair of municipally or regionally owned school facilities located in cities, towns and regional school districts. The SOI allows districts to inform us about deficiencies that may exist in a local school facility and how those deficiencies inhibit the delivery of the district's educational program.
Below are links to information that will help you submit an SOI.
- Superintendent District User Management:
- Submit a Statement of Interest - Returning Superintendents
- Submit a Statement of Interest - First-time Superintendents (or Superintendents who have moved on to new districts)
- SOI Pre-Population Form (for Districts that submitted an SOI in 2016)
- SOI Vote Requirements and Vote Language
- 2017 Statement of Interest User Guide
- Core Program SOI Process Overview
- Accelerated Repair Program Overview
- 2017 SOI Frequently Asked Questions
SOI Submission Deadlines:
- Accelerated Repair Program: The SOI closing date for districts submitting for consideration in the Accelerated Repair Program ("ARP"), which is primarily for the repair and/or replacement of roofs, windows/doors, and/or boilers in an otherwise structurally sound facility, is Friday, February 17, 2017 at 11:59pm.
- Core Program: The SOI closing date for districts submitting for consideration in the Core Program, which is primarily for projects beyond the scope of the Accelerated Repair Program, including extensive repairs, renovations, addition/renovations, and new school construction, is Friday, April 7, 2017 at 11:59pm.
MSBA ACCELERATED REPAIR PROGRAM:
The MSBA Accelerated Repair Program ("ARP") encourages all eligible applicants to apply, but the ARP is not appropriate for all potential projects. The ARP is for the partial or full replacement of roofs, windows/doors, and boilers. As a project would not qualify for ARP, a district should not file an SOI for ARP if:
- the roof/boiler/windows/doors are less than twenty years old;
- the proposed project cost is projected as less than $250,000;
- the school is judged by the district to be over-crowded;
- the primary use of the building is for non-educational purposes;
- the SOI itself seeks construction beyond roofs, windows, or boilers;
- the SOI itself seeks boiler construction, excluding heating fuel storage and/or delivery, beyond the physical limits of the existing boiler room(s); or
- the district plans a future construction project for MSBA participation going beyond roofs, windows, and boilers for the school.
In some cases, a project which is inappropriate for the MSBA ARP may be appropriate for the MSBA CORE program.
Please note that the MSBA may be constrained to limit the number of ARP projects in which it participates based on the number of SOIs that are received in a given fiscal year and on the MSBA's available funds. Among the factors the MSBA may consider, should it be required to limit the number of ARP projects, are the degree of the disrepair of the systems to be replaced and the frequency with which issues associated with that disrepair arise.
The deadline for submitting Accelerated Repair Program SOIs is Friday, February 17, 2017 at 11:59pm.
The review process for ARP SOIs will begin after the February 17, 2017 deadline for districts that have submitted a properly completed SOI and all the required documentation, including the required votes of the municipal governing body and the school committee.
MSBA CORE PROGRAM:
The Core Program is primarily for projects beyond the scope of the Accelerated Repair Program, including extensive repairs, renovations, addition/renovations, and new school construction. MSBA review of Core Program SOIs will begin after the April 7, 2017 deadline. The MSBA will not issue any decisions for any potential projects in 2016 until (1) the MSBA has received and reviewed the entire cohort of Core Program SOIs and (2) the MSBA has performed due diligence on district selected priority SOIs. Depending on the number of SOIs that are submitted, this review process could take several months. Invitations to the MSBA Eligibility Period are anticipated at the fall 2017/winter 2018 Board meetings.
Core Program SOI submissions will be accepted from January 6, 2017 - April 7, 2017.
Previously Submitted SOIs:
- View the list of SOIs submitted to the MSBA by district in 2008
- View the list of SOIs submitted to the MSBA by district in 2009
- View the list of SOIs submitted to the MSBA by district in 2010
- View the list of SOIs submitted to the MSBA by district in 2011
- View the list of SOIs submitted to the MSBA by district in 2012
- View the list of SOIs submitted to the MSBA by district in 2013
- View the list of SOIs submitted to the MSBA by district in 2014
- View the list of SOIs submitted to the MSBA by district in 2015
- View the list of SOIs submitted to the MSBA by district in 2016
MSBA GRANT PROGRAM INFORMATION:
The MSBA's grant program is a non-entitlement, competitive program, and grants are distributed by the MSBA Board of Directors based on need and urgency, as expressed by the district and validated by the MSBA. Submitting an SOI is not an invitation into the MSBA's capital pipeline; it is the first step in the MSBA's program. Moving forward in the MSBA's process requires further collaboration between the district and the MSBA.
If you have any questions about the 2017 SOI process, please see the Statement of Interest User Guide or contact Diane Sullivan, Director of Program Management, at the MSBA by e-mail or by phone at 617-720-4466.