MSBA Helps Cut the Ribbon on Improvements at Westfield Vocational Technical High School

June 14, 2013

State Treasurer Steven Grossman, Chairman of the Massachusetts School Building Authority (“MSBA”), and Jack McCarthy, MSBA Executive Director, today joined with local legislative and school district leaders to cut the ribbon on improvements at the Westfield Vocational Technical High School. The MSBA is contributing 67.74% of eligible expenses towards the $8,895,495 project.

“The MSBA's fiscally responsible blueprint for school construction is helping communities like Westfield provide a strong educational foundation for students in an efficient, sustainable and affordable way," Treasurer Grossman said. "Our partnership with the District has produced a 21st century facility that will serve 482 students for decades to come.”

“The MSBA is thrilled to have taken part in this project,” Executive Director McCarthy said. “This partnership between the District and the MSBA has provided an up-to-date, 21st century facility for the children of Westfield.”

The project consists of upgrades to roof, windows and boilers on the 220,000 square-foot facility as part of the MSBA’s Accelerated Repair Program. Westfield Vocational Technical High School was built in 1934.

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 $9.7 billion in reimbursements for school capital improvement projects. MSBA reimbursements have saved districts over $2.9 billion in avoided local interest costs and have provided much needed cash flow to communities.