NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. — Recently, the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) agreed to adopt the Lincoln Street School into its funding pipeline for renovations and expansions.
The MSBA, however, requires the town to form a building committee by April 9 before it can proceed.
Since the MSBA recommends that a parent who has at least one child in the Lincoln Street School serve on the committee, the town will be accepting applications through Friday, March 16.
Interested parents should contact the Town Administrator's office at 508-393-5040 for an application and forward that application along with a letter of interest to the Town Administrator at 63 Main Street.
Built in the 1960's, the Lincoln Street School lacks the space and equipment for many modern programs, explained Town Administrator John Coderre during Monday night's Selectmen meeting. In one example, he said that the school currently uses an old boys' gym shower as a computer room, which has no windows and still has a drain in the middle of the floor.
Coderre also said that the school requires an expansion to make room for special education.
The building has been well-maintained over the years, however, which is why it took six years for the MSBA to consider the project vital.
Voters will have the opportunity to approve funding for the feasibility study necessary for these renovations at the Town Meeting in April. If approved, Coderre said that the state would reimburse about half of the study, which is expected to cost about $500,000.
Once the study is finished, the town and the MSBA will decide on a reimbursement rate for the actual project.