Two Marlborough schools to receive state grants for repairs

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Marlborough – Two city schools will soon be undergoing significant repairs after administrators received welcome news that the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) has approved $4.4 million in grant monies.

The MSBA, which is chaired by State Treasurer Steven Grossman, approved the grants as part of the MSBA's Green Repair Program. Marlborough High School will receive $3.8 million, which will be used to for a new roof, windows, doors and boilers. $555,240 is slated for new windows and doors at the Francis J. Kane Elementary School.

According to the MSBA website, www.massschoolbuildings.org, the organization “works with local communities to identify school facility needs, develop fiscally responsible and educationally appropriate solutions, and create safe, sound, and sustainable learning environments.”

The program grants funds to repair or replace roofs, windows and/or boilers in schools that are otherwise structurally, functionally and educationally sound. The one-time-only program has a limited budget of $300 million, and grants are awarded on a competitive basis.

“Our Green Repair Program allows us to make much needed repairs to more schools in less time,” Grossman said. “Besides improving the learning environment for our children, the green repairs also make our schools more energy efficient and generate significant cost savings. It's a win-win program for everyone.”

MSBA Executive Director Katherine Craven added, “The MSBA has invited over 185 school repair projects into our Green Repair Program. Thousands of children will be the direct beneficiaries of an improved learning environment.”

In its six-year history, the MSBA has made more than $8 billion in reimbursements to cities, towns and regional school districts for school construction projects. According to MSBA officials, these funds have saved municipalities over $2.9 billion in avoided local interest costs and have provided much needed cash flow to communities.

Other area schools that have received past grants from this program include the Spring Street Elementary School in Shrewsbury, the JFK Middle School in Hudson and the Melican Middle School in Northborough.