MSBA Board Votes Doherty Memorial 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 Doherty Memorial High School, located in the City of Worcester, into the Schematic Design phase. In the Schematic Design phase, the MSBA and the District will look at possible options to replace the existing Doherty Memorial High School with a new 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 Worcester students with a top-notch learning environment,” said Treasurer Goldberg.

The proposed project would create a new 420,000square foot facility, on the existing site with an agreed upon enrollment of 1,670 students in grades 9-12. The District identified in their Statement of Interest, numerous deficiencies including mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems. In addition to the physical plant and envelope issues, the District reported that the existing facility does not support the delivery of its educational program.

"The new Doherty Memorial High 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 $14.3 billion in reimbursements for school construction projects.