Amherst School Building Project Moves Forward: MSBA Invites Amherst to Launch Feasibility Study
On Thursday, February 11th the State Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg, Chair of the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA), and John K. McCarthy, MSBA Executive Director/Deputy CEO, announced that the MSBA Board of Directors has invited the Town of Amherst to collaborate in conducting Feasibility Studies for potential MSBA school construction projects.
The Amherst Elementary School Building Committee has been hard at work monitoring the MSBA application process and advising the Amherst Town Manager throughout the project. The Elementary School Building Committee (ESBC) will work with consultants to develop certain MSBA required plans for the project. Other elements of the project are under the purview of other bodies. For example, the Amherst School Committee votes on the Design and Educational Program and on the Budget Statement for Educational Objectives.
Superintendent of Amherst Schools, Dr. Michael Morris stated, "I am delighted that the MSBA Board of Directors voted to advance our project into the Feasibility Study stage. This is the next step in the process to improve the learning conditions for our outstanding students and the working conditions for our dedicated staff."
Amherst Town Manager Paul Bockelman added, “This is an important first step and the Town appreciates the action of the Massachusetts School Building Authority to advance this important project to the next stage. There is much work to be done, but we are on our way toward a new school for the children and staff of the Amherst public schools.”
Amherst Council President Lynn Griesemer concluded, “The Elementary School Building Committee has done an outstanding job of moving the Town through to this important milestone.”
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 1,750 site visits to more than 250 school districts as part of its due diligence process and has made over $14.9 billion in reimbursements for school construction projects.
The Elementary School Building Committee will meet on February 17th to discuss next steps.