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Posted on: December 13, 2021

Lowell Secures State Support for School Building Projects

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December 9, 2021

Seven Lowell School Improvement Projects Advance

Through MSBA’s Accelerated Repair Program


LOWELL – Seven projects across four Lowell school buildings have been invited to participate in the Massachusetts School Building Authority’s 2021 Accelerated Repair Program (ARP). At its October 27 meeting, the MSBA Board of Directors approved a recommendation to select projects proposed by the City of Lowell at the McAullife, Robinson, Shaughnessy, and Wang Schools. 


ARP is a competitive state program administered by the MSBA that provides funding to municipalities for eligible school building projects greater than $250,000 in value. The program is intended to offset costs associated with significant renovations, including roofs that exceed 25 years in age, boilers that exceed 25 years in age, and windows and doors exceeding 30 years in age. ARP focuses on the preservation of existing infrastructure by implementing emergency-efficient and cost-saving upgrades. Up to 78.95% of approved projects is funded through the program, while the remaining 20.05% is funded locally. 


Beginning in 2019, the City of Lowell initiated an aggressive effort to leverage funding available through the ARP to improve school facilities. That year, the City of Lowell received funding for six boiler replacements and two roof projects, totaling more than $10 million in state support. An additional $3.5 million was contributed by the City to fund the eight projects, which have all reached completion. 


This year, the following projects have been invited to participate in the Accelerated Repair Program:


1.         Dr. An Wang Middle School – Roof and Boilers

2.         Robinson Middle School – Roof, Windows, Doors, and Partial Boilers

3.         John J. Shaughnessy Elementary School – Boilers

4.         S. Christa McAuliffe Elementary School – Roof


On Tuesday, December 7, the Lowell City Council approved a loan order in the amount of $410,00 to fund the schematic design study of these projects, which will be eligible for reimbursement through the MSBA. In the coming months, the MSBA will assign a consultant to work with the City in preparing the scope, budget, and schematic design of each project. 


“The invitation of seven projects into the 2021 Accelerated Repair Program marks a continuation of the City’s aggressive strategy to make much needed repairs to our aging school facilities,” said City Manager Eileen Donoghue. “The funding and technical assistance provided through the Accelerated Repair Program has been invaluable as we seek to ensure that all of our school buildings provide sound, secure learning environments for Lowell students. We are pleased that the MSBA identified the importance of these high priority projects, and grateful for their continued partnership.”


The seven projects at Lowell schools selected for the ARP represent the most of any Massachusetts district participating in the program this year. 

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