MSBA Awards $26.9M to Brookline for Addition and Renovations at Edward Devotion School

June 3, 2015

State Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg, Chair of the Massachusetts School Building Authority (“MSBA”), and Jack McCarthy, MSBA Executive Director, announced today that the MSBA Board of Directors voted to approve funding for additions and renovations at Edward Devotion School in Brookline. The District is authorized to receive a maximum grant of up to $26,985,262. 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.
 
“The plans for this project are the direct result of a collaborative partnership between Brookline officials and the MSBA,” said Treasurer Goldberg. “We look forward to delivering an efficient, sustainable and cost-effective facility that will maximize local and state taxpayer resources while providing a top-notch location in which students can learn effectively.”
 
The project will create approximately 24,500 square feet of new instructional and administrative space at the school for purposes including core academic, special education, art, music and vocational education. Improvements will also be made to mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems in the existing structure. Edward Devotion School was built in 1922 and serves 1,010 students in Kindergarten through grade 8.
 
“The renovations at Edward Devotion School will mean a better learning and teaching environment for area students and teachers,” said Executive Director McCarthy. “We are delighted to be partnering in this 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 2004 inception, the Authority has made over 1,500 site visits to more than 250 school districts as part of its due diligence process and has made over $11.3 billion in reimbursements for school construction projects.