Tyngsboro ‘thrilled’ About Invitation
TYNGSBORO -- Tyngsboro Middle School has been invited into the eligibility period by the Massachusetts School Building Authority -- a milestone that could mean either a renovation of the aging building or construction of a completely new school.
“We’ve never made it this far,” Superintendent of Schools Michael Flanagan said Monday. “We’ve submitted statements of interest the past eight years, so we’re thrilled to be invited to the eligibility period.”
A quasi-independent government authority, the MSBA works with local communities to create affordable, sustainable and energy efficient schools across the state, according to its website. The Town of Tyngsboro was listed with 11 other communities in the agenda for the MSBA’s Dec. 12 meeting under authorization to invite them to the eligibility period. This 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, according to the MSBA website.
Flanagan said Tyngsboro Middle School’s building is a 50-year-old facility that has run its course.
“It has limitations in terms of classroom space, it has limitations in terms of our electrical systems,” Flanagan said. “It was designed for a different era.”
Flanagan said the district’s hands are now tied until June 3, 2019, when the eligibility period begins. Once that date is here, Flanagan said Tyngsboro Public Schools will be expected to produce five deliverables within a nine-month time frame which will include comprehensive data on the district.
“It’s exciting for the town to have tried for so many years to apply and finally be picked by the MSBA -- one of only 12 communities this year,” Town Administrator Matt Hanson said.
Hanson congratulated Tyngsboro Public Schools for not giving up on the project and thanked the state for accepting the school.
“It is a long planning process but we’re going to get started right away, as soon as the state allows,” Hanson added. “We’ll be sure to keep the community updated on the progress along the way.”
Asked how soon could Tyngsboro see a renovated school or new building should this project come to fruition, Flanagan said it’s too early to tell.
“It’s multiple years out but it’s still exciting to be invited in,” he said. “My hope is to get the best educational facility for the kids in the most cost-efficient way.”
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