Jack McCarthy, Executive Director of the Massachusetts School Building Authority (“MSBA”), today joined state and local officials at a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Abington Middle-High School. The MSBA is contributing a maximum total facilities grant of over $50 million of eligible expenses towards the project.
“I am delighted to help break ground on this important and long-awaited project,” Executive Director McCarthy said. “Thanks to the MSBA’s successful partnership with Abington, students and staff will benefit from a state-of-the-art learning and teaching environment for many years to come.”
The project will construct a new 235,370 square-foot school serving 1,115 students in grades 5 through 12. The current school was built in 1937 and suffers from deficiencies in major building systems including mechanical, electrical, plumbing and building envelope. The MSBA will contribute a maximum grant of up to $50,182,784 toward the 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 2004 inception, the Authority has made over 1,650 site visits to more than 250 school districts as part of its due diligence process and has made over $11.7 billion in reimbursements for school construction projects.