Jack McCarthy, Executive Director of the Massachusetts School Building Authority (“MSBA”), today joined with local legislative and school district leaders to cut the ribbon on a major addition and renovation project at Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School. The MSBA is contributing 67.41% of eligible expenses towards the $73.7 million project.
State Treasurer and MSBA Chair Steven Grossman expressed delight over the successful completion of the project. “The MSBA's fiscally responsible blueprint for school construction is helping communities like those in the Bay Path Regional School District provide a strong educational foundation for students in an efficient, sustainable and affordable way," Treasurer Grossman said.
The project consists of improvements to 249,521 square feet of space, including a two-story addition to the front of the building and a single-story addition to the northeast side of the building. The two-story addition will support the District’s educational program by adding general use classrooms, science rooms, and shops. Renovations to the existing building include upgrades to HVAC, electrical, plumbing and fire safety systems. The MSBA will contribute a maximum grant of up to $47,393,356. Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School was built in 1972 and serves 1,100 students in grades 9-12 in the districts of Auburn, Charlton, Dudley, North Brookfield, Oxford, Paxton, Rutland, Spencer, Southbridge and Webster.
“The MSBA is thrilled to have taken part in this project,” Executive Director McCarthy said. “This partnership between the District and the MSBA has provided an up-to-date, 21st century facility for students in the District.”
The MSBA partners with Massachusetts communities to support the design and construction of educationally-appropriate, flexible and cost-effective public school facilities. Since its 2004 inception, the Authority has made over 1,400 site visits to more than 250 school districts as part of its due diligence process and has made over $10.9 billion in reimbursements for sustainable school construction projects.