Richer about to begin feasibility study phase

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Richer about to begin feasibility study phase
The Massachusetts School Building Authority has invited Richer to conduct a feasibility study. (Photo/Dakota Antelman)

MARLBOROUGH – Richer Elementary School is about to enter a new phase.

On April 24, the Massachusetts School Building Authority invited Richer to conduct a feasibility study with the MSBA to best determine whether the school could be renovated or rebuilt.

“The feasibility study will carefully examine potential solutions to the issues identified at the school’s facility and will help us develop the most cost-effective plan to address those issues,” said State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, the chair of the MSBA. “We look forward to partnering with these districts to move the potential projects forward.”

The invitation was announced during the School Committee meeting on April 30.

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According to Marlborough Public Schools Superintendent Mary Murphy, a Richer School Building Committee will be formed by Mayor J. Christian Dumais soon. That committee will determine the process to procure a project manager, she said.

The Raymond C. Richer Elementary School on Foley Road opened in 1965, and currently houses 551 students in grades K-5.

In 2016, Marlborough Public Schools explored the options of expanding or rebuilding the school. The district ended up shifting its grade configuration and built a fourth elementary school – Goodnow Brothers – that opened in 2020.

In December 2023, the City Council approved a transfer, from free cash, of $2 million for a feasibility study.

The MSBA will reimburse the city for up to 70.37% of all eligible costs incurred during the study.

Once the feasibility study is finished, the city will return to the MSBA for approval of the project; the City Council would then decide on funding for the entire project.

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