EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

August 1, 2013

State approves $3.3M for Greater Lawrence Tech repairs

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — ANDOVER —The Massachusetts School Building Authority yesterday approved a grant more than $3.3 million for planned repairs and upgrades to the Greater Lawrence Regional Technical High School.

“This is a down payment on the academic excellence of students in the Greater Lawrence District,” said State Treasurer Steven Grossman, chairman of the Massachusetts School Building Authority. “Upon completion, these renovations will provide a modern learning environment and create the space needed to deliver on the school district’s educational commitments and goals.”

The district is eligible to receive reimbursement for 79 percent of eligible expenses with a Maximum Total Facilities Grant for the project of $3,363,667.

The project will consist of repairs to mechanical and plumbing systems in the 360,000 square-foot school, which was built in 1965. Greater Lawrence Regional Vocational Technical High School serves 1400 students in grades 9 through 12.

One of the next steps is for the District and the MSBA to enter into a Project Funding Agreement, which will detail the project’s scope and budget, along with the conditions under which the district will receive its MSBA grant.

“The future of the Massachusetts economy can be seen in our vocational schools, so it is vital for the state to invest in vocational education,” said Jack McCarthy, executive director of the Massachusetts School Building Authority.

“Today’s vote for the potential project in the Greater Lawrence District is an important step in that direction,” McCarthy said.

The school at 67 River Road is open to students from Andover, Lawrence, Methuen and North Andover.