With another vote of support yesterday from the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA), the Angier Elementary rebuilding project took an important step forward.
The seven-member MSBA Board of Directors voted unanimously yesterday to approve initial designs for the new Angier School, moving the project into the next phase of the rebuilding process.
According to the MSBA, the next steps will involve the MSBA working with the Newton Public Schools on blueprints and a more detailed design for the new school.
“It has been a pleasure collaborating with Newton officials throughout this process,” MSBA Executive Director Jack McCarthy said in a statement. “Now, production and approval of a schematic design will help to determine the final budget for the potential project.”
The press release from the MSBA is included in the .pdf section to the right.
Ward 2 School Committee member Jonathan Yeo told Newton Patch Wednesday that the MSBA "reiterated their praise" for .
The Angier project, which is slated to start in September 2014, involves a partnership between the Newton Public Schools and the MSBA. With that partnership, the district must follow MSBA-specific steps and guidelines for the project in order to receive some reimbursement (up to 30 percent) for the building costs.
The process started in early 2012 when the MSBA Board voted to invite Newton and the Angier project into the grant program.
The district is looking to build a new, 75,000-square-foot facility to replace the current, 90-year-old Waban school. , is part of school officials' plans to add more classrooms in the space-strained district.
The feasibility study and early design was presented in January and was met with many positive comments from both aldermen and School Committee members.