Treasurer Grossman and the MSBA Help Cut the Ribbon on the New Bresnahan Elementary School in Newburyport

September 29, 2014

State Treasurer Steven Grossman, Chairman of the Massachusetts School Building Authority (“MSBA”), and Jack McCarthy, MSBA Executive Director, today joined state and local officials at a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Bresnahan Elementary School. The MSBA is contributing 52.78% of eligible expenses toward this $35,640,763 million project, which was conducted as part of the MSBA’s Model School Program. The Model School Program incorporates successful elements from existing schools into the design of new facilities. 

“The Model School initiative has been a resounding success, and I’m excited that Newburyport’s needs are a good fit for the program,” noted Treasurer Grossman. “By utilizing the best design elements from other successful construction projects, the MSBA’s reimbursement rate increases, saving money for local taxpayers.”

The project consists of a new 112,500 square foot school on the site of the previous Bresnahan School, which was built in 1956 and suffered from deficiencies in major building systems, including structural integrity, mechanical, electrical and plumbing. Bresnahan Elementary School serves 660 students from Kindergarten through grade 3.

“As a result of the successful collaboration between the MSBA and Newburyport, students will get a completely up-to-date learning environment,” said Executive Director McCarthy. “This is a down payment on the academic excellence of Bresnahan students.”

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 $10.9 billion in reimbursements for sustainable school construction projects.