In separate action, the building authority agreed to pay 56.16 percent of eligible costs, for a total grant of up to $43.67 million, toward the construction of a 221,518-square-foot J. Henry Higgins Middle School in Peabody.
The new school will replace a building that dates to 1966 and suffers from numerous deficiencies in structural integrity and in major building systems, from the roof to aging mechanical and electrical systems.
“This is a down payment on the academic excellence of Peabody students,” state Treasurer Steven Grossman, chairman of the authority, said in a written statement.
“Upon completion, this new school will provide a modern learning environment and create the space needed to deliver on the school district’s educational commitments and goals.”
The authority also approved the final audit for major renovations at Malden High School, ensuring a total reimbursement of nearly $68.24 million for a multiphase project that brought to a close one of the largest school rebuilding efforts in the state.
The new high school, the last of Malden’s schools to be remade under an ambitious reconstruction plan that took more than a decade to complete, was rededicated Dec. 9, 2011.
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