MSBA School Building Project

WPS School Building Project
Posted on 11/01/2019

Invitation to MSBA Feasibility Phase

Last year, the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) accepted the Walpole School District’s Statement of Interest for Bird Middle School into MSBA's Eligibility Period. The invitation includes consideration of Johnson Middle School for the potential consolidation of all students in grades 6-8 (only). The Eligibility Period assists the MSBA with managing its financial resources by identifying early in the process whether a District is ready to manage and fund a capital project. It will help to determine a district’s financial and community readiness to enter the capital pipeline. It also assists districts locally by providing a definitive schedule and identifying needs for planning and budgeting. We successfully completed the Eligibility Phase and additionally, a School Building Committee was formed to oversee the process.

We are pleased to announce that on October 30th, we were officially accepted into the Feasibility Phase. The Feasibility Study will examine potential solutions to the issues identified and will develop the most educationally appropriate and cost-effective preferred solution for MSBA consideration. The next step in the Feasibility process is the procurement of an Owner’s Project Manager (OPM) to work with the School Building Committee. The goal is to submit all required documents and applications no later than February 2020. Once the MSBA approves this process at the OPM Review Panel Meeting, we will go through a similar process to hire a Designer. We look forward to continuing our collaborative partnership with MSBA and will provide updates leading up to the community forums.

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