The MSBA would like to thank the districts that submitted SOIs in Fiscal Year 2014 for expressing an interest in the MSBA’s program for school building construction, addition/renovation, and repair grants. Get more information on the Fiscal Year 2015 SOI submission process which closed on April 10, 2015.
In FY2014, we received a total of 227 SOIs: 119 SOIs, submitted by 60 districts, for consideration in the Accelerated Repair Program and 108 SOIs, submitted by 72 districts, for consideration in the Core Program. MSBA staff completed their internal review of properly submitted SOIs and worked with Districts to validate the issues identified in their SOI submissions.  During this process, the MSBA may have sought to obtain additional or clarifying information from districts.  After the MSBA reviewed the entire cohort of SOIs received, it determined the appropriate level of due diligence required for each SOI and notified districts of next steps accordingly. 60 site visits were conducted for the Accelerated Repair Program and 51 SOIs have been voted into the Accelerated Repair Program, which deals with facilities that may need roof, window, and/or boiler replacements, but are otherwise structurally sound. As MSBA staff worked with Districts being considered for the Core Program, which is for projects in need of a larger scope of work, the MSBA scheduled and conducted 28 Senior Studies in 24 Districts. As of the January 14, 2015 Board of Directors' meeting, 12 Districts were invited in the Eligibility Period. 

If the MSBA invites a district into the Eligibility Period, which requires a vote of the MSBA Board of Directors, the district and the MSBA work collaboratively to determine potential solutions to the issues identified in the SOI.  The MSBA works to find solutions that are educationally-sound, fiscally-appropriate, and that fit within the MSBA’s capital funding pipeline.
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 SOI process, please contact Diane Sullivan.  Diane can also be reached via telephone at 617-720-4466.
To view a list of SOIs submitted to the MSBA by district in FY2014, please click here: FY2014 SOIs