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 move Lunenburg High School to the next phase in the MSBA capital pipeline. In the Schematic Design phase, Lunenburg and the Authority will look at options for the replacement of Lunenburg High School with a new facility on the existing site. The next step is for the MSBA to work in collaboration with the District to produce detailed designs for a potential school project.
“Listening to the needs of a community and developing projects accordingly are priorities at the MSBA, and the Lunenburg 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 proposed project would replace the existing Lunenburg High School with a new 169,733 square-foot facility on the existing site. The current school was built in 1957 and suffers from deficiencies in major building systems including electrical, fire protection, envelope, windows and roof. The proposed new school would serve 820 students in grades 6 through 12.
“Production and approval of a schematic design will help us to determine the final budget for the potential project,” Executive Director McCarthy said.
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 $9.9 billion in reimbursements for school construction projects. These timely payments have saved districts over $2.9 billion in avoided local interest costs and have provided much needed cash flow to communities.