Mass School Building Authority Says No To Framingham Plans For Southside School; City Can Re-Apply


FRAMINGHAM – The Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) did not accept the City of Framingham’s request to join the 2021 Statement of Interest process.

The Mayor was notified of the decision on February 3.

Framingham had submitted a request for the Hemenway Elementary School on Water Street, but the district has made it very clear it wants to construct a new school on the southside of the City, where a majority of the students are located.

The Framingham Public School district would then turn the 1961-built Hemenway elementary school into early childhood learning center.

The MSBA received 58 applications from 47 different school districts for consideration in 2021.

” In reviewing SOIs, the MSBA identifies the school facilities that have the greatest and most urgent need based on an assessment of the entire cohort of SOIs that are received for consideration each year. Based upon the MSBA’s review and due diligence process, it has been determined that the Hemenway Elementary School SOI will not be invited into the MSBA’s Eligibility Period at this time,” wrote James MacDonald, CEO and John McCarthy deputy executive director with the MSBA.

“If the District would like this school to be considered for future collaboration with the MSBA, the District should file an SOI in an upcoming year. The MSBA began accepting SOIs for consideration in 2022 on Friday, January 28, 2022,” wrote the leaders of the MSBA.

Framingham was rejected more than once when it requested funding for Fuller Middle School.


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