MSBA Board Votes Philip G. Coburn 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 Philip G. Coburn Elementary School, located in the City of West Springfield, into the Schematic Design phase. In the Schematic Design phase, the MSBA and the District will look at possible options to replace the existing Philip G. Coburn Elementary School with a new grade PK-5 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 West Springfield students with a top-notch learning environment," said Treasurer Goldberg.

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. The District also reported that the existing facility does not support the delivery of its educational program as well as existing 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.