MSBA joins with local leadership to formally open $67.7M school
Jack McCarthy, Executive Director of the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA), joined with local legislative and school district leaders to cut the ribbon at Tewksbury High School. The MSBA is contributing a maximum total facilities grant of up to $36 million of eligible expenses towards the $67.7 million project.
“The MSBA is thrilled to have taken part in this project,” Executive Director McCarthy said. “This partnership between the MSBA and the District will provide an up-to-date, 21st century facility for the children of Tewksbury.”
Tewksbury High School was built as part of the MSBA’s Model School Program, which incorporates successful elements from existing schools into the design of new facilities. Through this program, districts can simplify the design process, streamline construction, reduce the amount of time it takes to build a new facility and utilize design dynamics already deemed successful by students, teachers, and administrators. The Model School Program was created in 2008.
The design for Tewksbury High School is based on Hudson High School. The 218,781 square-foot school will serve 1,100 students in grades 9 through 12. The new school replaces the previous Tewksbury High School, which was built in 1959.
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 creation, the MSBA has made more than $9 billion in payments to Massachusetts school districts. These timely payments made by the MSBA to cities, towns, and regional school districts for school construction projects have saved municipalities over $2.9 billion in avoided local interest costs and have provided much needed cash flow to communities.