Shrewsbury – State Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg, chair of the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA), and MSBA Executive Director/Deputy CEO John K. McCarthy announced that the MSBA Board of Directors voted to move the Beal Early Childhood Center in Shrewsbury into the schematic design phase. In this phase, the MSBA and the district will look at possible options to replace the existing school. 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 working to build a 21st century educational facility that will provide the Beal Early Childhood Center students with a top-notch learning environment,” said Goldberg.
The proposed project would create a new 142,736-square-foot facility on the Glavin Center site, serving students in grades K-4. The district reported in their Statement of Interest that the current structure suffers from structural and envelope deficiencies, additional physical plant issues and accessibility issues. The district also reported that the existing facility does not support the delivery of its educational program, particularly for special education students and English language learners.
“The new Beal Early Childhood Center will mean a better learning and teaching location for students and teachers,” McCarthy said.
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 $13.2 billion in reimbursements for school construction projects.