Saturday, November 18, 2017

"The question is where would the money come from?"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"When it comes to funding for school building projects in Massachusetts, supply can’t keep up with demand. 
“My saddest day of the year is when I say these are the 15-20 projects we can do, and the funding isn’t there for the others,” said Jack McCarthy, executive director of the Massachusetts School Building Authority. 
Created by the Legislature in 2004, the MSBA oversees state funding for capital improvement projects and construction at public schools across the Commonwealth. It provides partial reimbursements to the school districts based on the project type and a series of economic indicators. Each year, it gets more than 80 applications from school districts, but has to turn away more than three-quarters of them due to a cap on funds. 
While the majority of school buildings in Massachusetts are in good shape, a recent MSBA survey found that 270 – nearly one in five of the 1,419 schools analyzed – need moderate-to-extensive renovation or replacement, or will in the near future. The analysis didn’t include schools built or renovated since 2007, or those that have already been approved for renovation or construction."

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You can find the full MSBA 2016 School Survey report on the MSBA page School Facilities & Findings

Or the Franklin Matters copy

Franklin's survey results are found on Page 65 of the official PDF report
Franklin's survey results are found on Page 65 of the official PDF report

* Note - Schools that have an asterisk were not surveyed. Information regarding square footage may require future update.

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