Georgetown Middle/High School Advances to Schematic Design Phase

November 20, 2013

State Treasurer Steven Grossman, Chairman of the Massachusetts School Building Authority (“MSBA”), and Jack McCarthy, MSBA Executive Director, announced today that the MSBA Board of Directors voted to move the Georgetown Middle/High School into the Schematic Design phase. In this phase, the MSBA will continue to work in collaboration with the Georgetown School District to produce detailed designs for a potential addition and renovation project. Upon completion and approval of the schematic design by the MSBA Board, the District and the Authority will collaborate to determine the scope and budget of the proposed project.

“Listening to the needs of a community and developing projects accordingly are priorities at the MSBA, and the Georgetown Middle/High School project is a case study in that sentiment,” said Treasurer Grossman.  “Thanks to our collaborative work with local officials, we are working to build a safe and modern educational facility that will provide students with a top-notch learning environment.”

Georgetown Middle/High School was built in 1961, and the proposed addition and renovation project would address deficiencies in building systems including mechanical, electrical, plumbing, drainage and the roof.  The proposed project would serve 720 students in grades 7 through 12.  In the Schematic Design phase, the District will work to secure funding and authorizations necessary to complete site investigations for the proposed work, perform testing to confirm infiltration rates, and perform a site drainage analysis.  

“The renovations at Georgetown Middle/High School will mean a better learning and teaching environment for area students and teachers,” stated Executive Director McCarthy. “We are delighted to be partnering in this proposed project.”

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 inception, the Authority has made over $10.1 billion in reimbursements for school construction projects. These timely payments have saved municipalities over $2.9 billion in avoided local interest costs and have provided much needed cash flow to communities.