The MSBA Helps Break Ground for the New West Parish Elementary School in Gloucester

September 17, 2014
The MSBA Helps Break Ground for the New West Parish Elementary School in Gloucester

State Treasurer Steven Grossman, Chairman of the Massachusetts School Building Authority (“MSBA”), and Jack McCarthy, MSBA Executive Director, today joined with local legislative and district leaders at a groundbreaking ceremony for the new West Parish Elementary School. The MSBA will fund a maximum grant of up to $15,173,834 toward the project.

“I am delighted to help break ground on this important and long-awaited project,” Treasurer Grossman said. “Thanks to the MSBA’s successful partnership with Gloucester, students and staff of West Parish Elementary School will benefit from a state-of-the-art learning and teaching environment for many years to come.”

The project will construct a new 65,679 square foot school on the site of the existing West Parish Elementary School. The current school was built in 1949 and suffers from deficiencies in major building systems including mechanical, electrical and plumbing. West Parish Elementary School serves 355 students in Kindergarten through grade 5.
 
“The new West Parish Elementary School will provide local students with a beautiful new learning space,” Executive Director McCarthy said. “This 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 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 $10.8 billion in reimbursements for sustainable school construction projects.