Framingham To Request Reimbursement From State For $1 Million School Roof Repair

FRAMINGHAM – McCarthy Elementary School’s roof is 20 years old. The Flagg drive school is need of a partial roof replacement.

Last night, February 6, the 9-member Framingham School Committee voted to submit a statement of interest to the Massachusetts School Building Authority hoping the Commonwealth will agree to fund more than 50 percent of the cost of the roof replacement.

The estimated cost of the replacement of the roof is $1 millon.

Framingham could be eligible for up to 56 percent reimbusement of the cost from the Massachusetts School Building Authority’s accelerated repair program, according to school administration.

The deadline to apply is Feb, 18, 2019.

“If we are eventually approved for MSBA’s reimbursement, the FY21 Capital Budget process would consider this project then. By submitting this Statement of Interest Form, the MSBA in no way guarantees the acceptance or the approval of an application, and the School Committee vote does not commit the City/District to fund this project without future action next fiscal year,” wrote Framingham Public Schools Executive Director of Finance and Operations Lincoln Lynch IV, in a memo to the School Committee.

The former “Farley (school) roof would be our top priority but it does not qualify for MSBA reimbursement as it is not currently a K-12 school,” said Lynch.

MassBay is currently housed in the former Farley school on Flagg Drive. But MassBay is looking to construct a new campus on Franklin Street in Framingham.

“There are five other school buildings with aged roofs, however, we extended each of the five roof warranties for an additional five years with completed repairs this past summer and are not seeking funding in Fiscal Year 2021 for these projects,” wrote Lynch.

“We have developed a schedule for all anticipated upcoming roof replacements at all school buildings as part of the previous capital plan process and will provide that again in the coming months leading up to the FY21 Capital planning process,” wrote Lynch. “The roof replacements as well as exterior envelope repairs are expected to be recommended as top priorities in upcoming capital budget requests over the next 5 to 10 years.”

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: Phone: 508-315-7176

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