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A run for the money

Posted by Ralph Ranalli August 5, 2007 10:13 AM

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School Facility Service Manager Ron Clements,right, tours Natick High school with consultants and a review team from the Massachusetts School Building Authority
(Globe staff photo by Bill Polo)

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Nearly 1,000 fifth- and sixth-graders will bound into the halls of Shrewsbury's Sherwood Middle School in the fall, a school built in 1964 for 700 pupils.

District officials expanded the school's capacity years ago by adding 10 portable buildings, so it can "theoretically" handle 950 students, said Superintendent Anthony J. Bent. But first-year principal Jane Lizotte, who attended the school as a teenager, is tasked with finding space for 992.

"We can't turn any of them away," she said.

Shrewsbury officials are hoping the state's new method for funding school construction projects will bring some relief. But they aren't the only ones, staff writer John C. Drake reports in today's Globe West.

More than a dozen school districts in Boston's western suburbs have submitted so-called statements of interest to the Massachusetts School Building Authority under a new system that is meant to be tougher on school systems. They join hundreds statewide who will be competing for up to $500 million in school-construction cash in the coming school year.

"The first year is going to be challenging, because we'll be setting precedents," said state Treasurer Timothy Cahill, who oversees the School Building Authority. "But I'm confident we'll have a process that people will accept."

Read more about the challenges local school district's face getting state funding in the online edition of today's Globe West.

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