MSBA Board Votes Pentucket Regional High 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 Pentucket Regional High School into the Schematic Design phase. In the Schematic Design phase, the MSBA and the District will look at possible options to replace the existing Pentucket Regional High School and the existing Pentucket Regional Middle School with a new District-wide grades 7-12 middle/ high school 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 Pentucket Regional students with a top-notch learning environment," said Treasurer Goldberg.

The proposed project would create a new 210,426 square foot facility for 965 students in grades 7-12 on the existing site. The District reported in their Statement of Interest, that the current structure suffers from deficiencies in its mechanical and HVAC systems. The District also reported physical plant issues, and that the existing facility does not support the delivery of its educational program due to 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.