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The Massachusetts School Building Authority (“MSBA”) is a quasi-independent government authority created by the Legislature in 2004 to reform the process of funding capital improvement projects in the Commonwealth's public schools. The MSBA replaced the former school building assistance program administered by the Department of Education (now the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education).
Chapter 208 of the Acts of 2004 (“Chapter 208,” and together with Chapter 70B of the Massachusetts General Laws, Section 35BB of Chapter 10 of the Massachusetts General Laws, and Chapter 210 of the Acts of 2004, each as amended from time to time, the “Act”) created the Authority to administer and fund a program for grants to cities, towns, and regional school districts for school construction and renovation projects (the “Program”).
Pursuant to the Act, all moneys received by The Commonwealth of Massachusetts (the “Commonwealth”) raised by a 1.00% statewide sales tax (drawn from the existing statewide 6.25% sales tax), excluding sales tax revenues on meals and from certain additional statutorily exempted revenues from sales, as further described herein (the “Dedicated Sales Tax Revenue Amount”), are to be credited to the Massachusetts School Modernization and Reconstruction Trust Fund (the “SMART Fund”), without appropriation, allotment or other action. Such amounts are credited to the SMART Fund pursuant to procedures established in a Memorandum of Understanding (the “MOU”), dated as of August 1, 2005, by and among the Authority, the Treasurer and Receiver-General of the Commonwealth (the “Treasurer”), the Comptroller of the Commonwealth (the “Comptroller”), and the Department of Revenue of the Commonwealth (the “Department of Revenue” or “DOR”).
The Act expressly designates owners of the Authority’s bonds and notes (collectively, “Obligations”) as beneficiaries of the SMART Fund and, together with the Trust Agreement (defined below), provides that the Authority’s obligations to make payment of principal of, and premium, if any, and interest on Obligations are senior to all other claims on the Dedicated Sales Tax Revenue Amount. The Trust Agreement further provides that the Authority’s obligations to make payment of principal of, and premium, if any, and interest on Senior Bonds are senior to claims on the Dedicated Sales Tax Revenue Amount with respect to owners of Subordinated Bonds. The Act and the Trust Agreement prohibit the diversion of the Dedicated Sales Tax Revenue Amount from the Authority’s control and further prohibit the reduction of the rate of the taxes from which the Dedicated Sales Tax Revenue Amount is derived as set forth in the Act for as long as any Obligations of the Authority remain outstanding.
The MSBA strives to work with local communities to create affordable, sustainable, and energy efficient schools across Massachusetts. In its ten-year history, the MSBA has made more than $13 billion in reimbursements to cities, towns, and regional school districts for school construction projects. Instead of waiting years for reimbursement, districts now receive payments from the MSBA as costs are incurred, usually within 15 days of submitting a request through the MSBA’s online Pro-Pay System.
For more information about the MSBA's programs, please see our website at http://www.massschoolbuildings.org/
Massachusetts School Building Authority
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The project is on schedule and set to open in September 2018.
The 246,520-square-foot academic and vocational school is being built directly across from the current school's main entrance on Valentine Road. The old building will be razed once contents have been moved into the new building, which is expected to be completed in May 2018 and open that fall.
New athletic fields will be installed where the current school is.
The project is nearing completion. We have a certificate of occupancy for the greenhouse, the student parking lot is open, and the fields and stadium are close to complete. The outdoor classroom time capsule and granite cap will be placed soon. Warmer temperatures are required to complete the tennis courts, which will include pickle ball lines, so the final pieces of Phase II will be completed in the spring.
After more than four years of planning and 15 months of construction, the newly renovated Lincoln Street Elementary School in Northborough was rededicated. The renovation was completed on time, $1 million under budget, and a great success overall!