Hopkinton Receives Invite from MSBA

By Michelle Murdock, Freelance Writer

At the Director's Meeting of the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) held this morning in Boston, Hopkinton received an invitation into the MSBA's eligibility period.

“I’m delighted that the Board has voted the Center Elementary School into the Eligibility Period,” said State Treasurer Steven Grossman, Chairman of the MSBA. “We look forward to working collaboratively with Hopkinton officials to develop the best solution to meet the town’s educational needs in a fiscally responsible manner.”

During the 270-day Eligibility Period, the MSBA will work with Hopkinton to determine the district’s financial and community readiness to enter the capital pipeline. The next step is for the district to complete preliminary requirements pertaining to local approval and formation of a local school building committee. Upon timely and successful completion of the Eligibility Period requirements, the district becomes eligible for an invitation into the Feasibility Study phase of the capital pipeline, subject to a vote of the Board of Directors.

“The Eligibility Period is a critical step in the MSBA’s process of evaluating potential work on the Center Elementary School,” stated MSBA Executive Director Jack McCarthy. “We look forward to our continued partnership with the district as it enters the Eligibility Period.”

In a press release from Superintendent's Office announcing the invitation, Dr. MacLeod said that the MSBA Board of Directors was impressed by Hopkinton's unified support and representation at today's meeting which included School Committee Chairman Nancy Alvarez Burdick, School Committee member Ellen Scordino, Board of Selectmen Chairman John Mosher, Center School Principal Lauren Dubeau, Elementary School Building Committee Vice Chair Mike Shepard, HPS Director of Finance Ralph Dumas, State Representative Carolyn Dykema, and District Director for Senator Spilka, Puja Mehta, joined me at the MSBA Board of Directors meeting in Boston.