MSBA Board Votes Annie E. Fales Elementary School into Schematic Design

BOSTON - State Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg, Chair of the Massachusetts School Building Authority ("MSBA"), and MSBA Executive Director/Deputy CEO John K. McCarthy announced today that the MSBA Board of Directors voted to move the Annie E. Fales Elementary School, located in the Town of Westborough, into the Schematic Design phase. In the Schematic Design phase, the MSBA and the District will look at possible options to replace the existing Annie E. Fales Elementary School with a new K-3 facility on the existing site.

"Thanks to our collaborative work with local officials, we are working to build a 21st century educational facility that will provide Westborough students with a top-notch learning environment," said Treasurer Goldberg.

The proposed project would create a new 69,913 square foot facility for 400 students serving grades K-3 on the existing site. The District reported in their Statement of Interest, that the current structure suffers from deficiencies in all major building systems including mechanical, electrical, and plumbing. They went on to indicate that the current structure suffers from structural and envelope deficiencies, accessibility issues and physical plant issues. The District reported that the existing facility does not support the deliver of its educational program as well as existing and projected overcrowding.

"The new School will mean a better learning and teaching location for students and teachers," stated Executive Director/Deputy CEO McCarthy.

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 1,750 site visits to more than 250 school districts as part of its due diligence process and has made over $13.4 billion in reimbursements for school construction projects.