WOBURN - The Mass. School Building Authority (MSBA) on Wednesday gave the city the go-ahead to commit funding to a feasibility study for the construction of a new Hurld/Wyman elementary school.
Mayor Scott Galvin, School Committee Chairman Michael Mulrenan and Supt. of Schools Mark Donovan attended the monthly MSBA meeting in Boston yesterday, and the body quickly approved an invitation to the MSBA’s eligibility period for state funding.
“It’s a good opportunity for the city of Woburn, and we’re excited about moving forward with the MSBA toward a new Hurld/Wyman school,” said Galvin.
Out of 280 applications, the MSBA authorized only 11.
“We have an excellent record with the MSBA,” said the mayor.
The Wyman School was built in 1892 and has been used continually since built.
The Hurld School was built in 1957 for $614,758 with 37.86% paid by the state $232,747) over a 20-year period.
MSBA has provided reimbursement funding for all of Woburn’s most recent school buildings, including the Shamrock, the White/Woburn Memorial High School project, the Goodyear and the Reeves. Reimbursement funding for the Hurld/Wyman project would be in the range of 50 percent.
The Wyman School in Central Square in particular has been identified by MSBA officials as a school that would qualify for replacement. The city’s plan at this point is to combine the Hurld and Wyman districts on available land at the current Hurld site off Bedford Road.
The first task following the MSBA’s invitation to the eligibility period is for the mayor to submit to the City Council an appropriation for the feasibility study. Funds for the feasibility study are also reimbursable.
The mayor can also form a school building committee to oversee the planning and eventual construction of a new building. Galvin said the Hurld/Wyman committee would be similar in composition to the committee that oversaw the Goodyear School project.
“The committee has worked very well in the past,” said Galvin.
In other news, the MSBA also approved reimbursement funding for repairs to the roofs of the city’s two middle schools. The city will get back $1.4 million for work on the Kennedy Middle School roof, and $321,000 for work on the Joyce Middle School roof, resulting in a total cost to the city of $2.4 million.