MSBA Invites Town of Amherst to Launch Feasibility Study for Wildwood Elementary School

September 24, 2014

State Treasurer Steven Grossman, Chairman of the Massachusetts School Building Authority (“MSBA”), and Jack McCarthy, MSBA Executive Director, announced today that the MSBA Board voted to invite the Town of Amherst to collaborate on a Feasibility Study to look at possible solutions to the deficiencies identified at the Wildwood Elementary School.

“We are committed to working with Amherst officials to find the best alternative for the Wildwood Elementary School,” said Treasurer Grossman. “This collaboration will develop a cost-effective solution that ensures Amherst students can develop and flourish in a state-of-the art, 21st century learning environment.”

Wildwood Elementary School is a 108,000 square foot facility. The school was built in 1970 on an open-environment model. The District has identified deficiencies in major building systems including roof, doors and building envelope.

“This Feasibility Study will carefully examine all potential solutions to help us develop the most effective plan,” stated Executive Director McCarthy. “We look forward to partnering with the District to move this potential project forward.”

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 1,400 site visits to more than 250 school districts as part of its due diligence process and has made over $10.9 billion in reimbursements for school construction projects.