Tuesday afternoon, East Bridgewater broke ground for a new school which will include grades 7-12.. Katherine Craven, the Executive Director of the Massachusetts School Building Authority, attended the ceremony as did Senator Brian Joyce.
The new school is part of the MSBA’s cost-saving model school program. East Bridgewater was approved by the MSBA to be part of their program after Craven visited the school last January.The MSBA agreed to contribute $43 million towards the $67 million project budget.
Craven explained how the MSBA will reimburse the town almost 65% of the project budget, “If it wasn’t for the legislators who stand behind me over the years not only advocating for you but also advocating to dedicate a penny on the state sales tax to school building authority to give money to every school in the commonwealth at this point we wouldn’t be here today to be able to say that Treasurer Grossman will be back with me at some point in the near future with a big check for $43 million payable to the town of East Bridgewater’s tax payers.”
East Bridgewater Superintendent Susan Cote spoke about how the town will now be able to accommodate all students’ needs, “We decided that if we move the 3rd graders out of our elementary school up into the middle school and then moved our 7th and 8th graders from the middle school up into the new school building it would give us the space we needed at our elementary school, at our middle school, and also give six years of students access to a brand new school.”
The East Bridgewater project will be the first grades 7-12 model school in Massachusetts. The junior/senior high school is expected to open in September, 2013.