The MSBA Board Approved the Schematic Design
State Treasurer Steven Grossman, Chairman of the Massachusetts School Building Authority (“MSBA”), and Jack McCarthy, MSBA Executive Director, announced today that the MSBA Board of Directors voted to approve the schematic design and funding for a new West Bridgewater Middle-Senior High School. One of the next steps is for the District and the MSBA to enter into a Project Funding Agreement, which will detail the project’s scope and budget and set forth the terms and conditions under which the District will receive its grant from the MSBA. The District is eligible to receive reimbursement from the MSBA for 54.16% of eligible expenses with a Maximum Total Facilities Grant for the project of $29,344,775.
“Listening to the needs of a community and developing projects accordingly are priorities at the MSBA, and the West Bridgewater Middle-Senior High School project is a case study in that sentiment,” said Treasurer Grossman. “Thanks to our collaborative work with local officials, we are working to build a safe and modern educational facility that will provide students with a top-notch learning environment.”
The project will replace the existing Middle-Senior High School with a new facility on the existing site. The current structure, which was built in 1951, suffers from aging major building systems; including roof and insulation, and inadequate classroom and science lab space, which affects delivery of the District’s educational program.
“The new West Bridgewater Middle-Senior High School will mean a better learning and teaching environment for students and teachers in the District,” said Executive Director McCarthy. “We are delighted to be taking part in this project.”
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 inception, the Authority has made $8.9 billion in reimbursements for school construction projects. These timely payments have saved municipalities over $2.9 billion in avoided local interest costs and have provided much needed cash flow to communities.