Westborough Awarded $11.6M for Gibbons Middle School

January 14, 2015

Treasurer Steven Grossman, Chairman of the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA), and MSBA Executive Director Jack McCarthy today announced that the MSBA Board of Directors voted to approve a grant of up to $11.6 million toward a renovation and repair project at the Sarah W. Gibbons Middle School. One of the next steps is for the District and the MSBA to enter into a Project Funding Agreement, which will detail the project’s scope and budget, along with the conditions under which the Town will receive its MSBA grant.

“This is a down payment on the academic excellence of Westborough students,” said Treasurer Grossman. “Upon completion, this new school will provide a modern learning environment and create the space needed to deliver on the school district’s educational commitments and goals.”

The project will consist of upgrades to major building systems at the 110,000 square foot facility, including mechanical, plumbing, electrical and building envelope. Improvements to painting, flooring and ceilings will also be made and a new fire protection system will be installed. The MSBA will contribute 46.51% of eligible costs toward the project, for a total grant of up to $11,640,868. Gibbons Middle School was built in 1956 and serves 550 students in grades 7 through 8.

“The proposed improvements at Gibbons Middle School will result in an up-to-date, 21st century learning facility,” stated Executive Director McCarthy. “Students 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, flexible, sustainable and cost-effective public school facilities. Since its 2004 inception, the Authority has made over 1,485 site visits to more than 250 school districts as part of its due diligence process and has made over $11.1 billion in reimbursements for school construction projects.