Wilmington Invited Into State’s School Building Construction Grant Program For Wildwood Early Childhood Center

Below is a press release from Wilmington Public Schools:

WILMINGTON, MA — The staff of the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) has recommended that the Wildwood Elementary School be invited into the Eligibility Period at the upcoming April 14, 2021 MSBA Board meeting. This invitation comes as a result of the 2020 Statement of Interest applications that Dr. Brand, Superintendent of Schools, submitted on behalf of the District and Town in the spring of 2020. These applications were supported by the Wilmington School Committee and Board of Selectman and proceeding forward with the MSBA is pending Board vote.

The invitation into the grant program represents a first but important step for our community in attending to not only the needs of the Wildwood Elementary School, but also our elementary school facilities as a whole, given that the Town has expressed interest in exploring some form of school consolidation.

Participation in the MSBA grant program is a lengthy process that generally takes between five to seven years before a new or renovated facility is completed. In addition, the process will involve considerable opportunity for community engagement and participation in decision making about what the community feels is best for their school facilities.

The MSBA serves as the primary grant program in the state to support individual community efforts in the repair/renovation or new construction of school facilities and most recently Wilmington partnered with the MSBA to assist with the construction of the Wilmington High School.

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