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 Paul R. Hanlon Elementary School,located in the Town of Westwood,into the Schematic Design phase. In the Schematic Design phase, the MSBA and the District will look at possible options to replace the existing Paul R. Hanlon Elementary School. The next step is for the MSBA to work in collaboration with the District to produce detailed designs for a potential project.
"Thanks to our collaborative work with local officials, we are working to build a 21st century educational facility that will provide Westwood students with a top-notch learning environment," said Treasurer Goldberg.
The proposed project would replace the existing Paul R. Hanlon Elementary School and the existing Deerfield Elementary School with a new grades K-5 facility on the site of the existing Paul R. Hanlon Elementary School. The District identified in their Statement of Interest, numerous deficiencies and structural integrity issues including, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems, as well as envelope issues including windows and roof deficiencies. In addition to physical plant issues, the District reported that the existing facility does not support the delivery of its educational program as well as existing and projected overcrowding.
"The new Paul R. Hanlon Elementary 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 $14.6 billion in reimbursements for school construction projects.