State Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg, Chair of the Massachusetts School Building Authority (“MSBA”), and MSBA Executive Director Jack McCarthy announced today that the MSBA Board of Directors voted to move the Dedham Early Childhood Education Center (“ECEC”) into the Schematic Design phase. In the Schematic Design phase, Dedham and the MSBA will look at options to relocate Kindergarten students currently attending the ECEC to a new facility. 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 partnering with Dedham to build a safe and modern educational facility that will provide students with a top-notch learning environment,” said Treasurer Goldberg.
The proposed project would create a new ECEC of approximately 50,345 square feet to replace the existing building, which suffers from deficiencies in major building systems including mechanical, electrical, plumbing and windows. The Dedham ECEC was built in 1931 and serves 200 Kindergarten students.
“The new Early Childhood Education Center will mean a better learning and teaching location for students and teachers,” stated Executive Director McCarthy. “We are delighted to be partnering with Dedham in this potential 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 1,600 site visits to more than 250 school districts as part of its due diligence process and has made over $11.5 billion in reimbursements for school construction projects.