MSBA Board Awards $4.2M for Accelerated Repairs in Canton and Bridgewater-Raynham

April 3, 2013
State Treasurer and Receiver General Steven Grossman, Chairman of the Massachusetts School Building Authority (“MSBA”), and Jack McCarthy, MSBA Executive Director, announced that the MSBA Board of Directors approved grants totaling over $4.2 million for five schools in the districts of Canton and Bridgewater-Raynham. The grants, which will fund projects with a total value of over $8.7 million, were made through the Authority’s Accelerated Repair Program.

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 will repair or replace roofs, windows and/or boilers in schools that are otherwise structurally, functionally and educationally sound.  Below is the list of projects that received Board approval at today’s meeting:

District School Total Project Budget Estimated Maximum Total Facilities Grant
Bridgewater-Raynham RSD Bridgewater Middle School $3,550,711 $1,795,576
LaLiberte Elementary School $1,461,769 $739,194
L.B. Merrill School $1,416,066 $715,995
Canton Lt. Peter M. Hansen Elementary School $1,023,295 $438,418
William H. Galvin Middle School $1,331,271 $568,505
  Totals $8,783,112 $4,257,688
“The Accelerated Repair program allows us to partner with school districts on much-needed repairs that can greatly extend a school’s lifespan,” said Treasurer Grossman.  “Besides making the learning environment more comfortable for our schoolchildren, these repairs also make our schools more energy efficient and generate substantial cost savings.  It’s a win-win for everyone involved.”

“It’s really great when we can extend the useful life of these buildings,” stated Executive Director McCarthy.  “Students in Canton and Bridgewater-Raynham will soon have a beautiful new space which will undoubtedly enhance and improve their ability to excel in the classroom.”

The MSBA partners with Massachusetts communities to support the design and construction of educationally-appropriate, sustainable and cost-effective public school facilities. Since its creation, the MSBA has made more than $9.6 billion in timely payments to cities, towns and regional school districts for school construction projects. These reimbursements have saved municipalities over $2.9 billion in avoided local interest costs and have provided much needed cash flow to communities.