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Newton's Angier School in pipeline for possible state funds

Posted by Deidre Fernandes  March 28, 2012 02:35 PM

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The Massachusetts School Building Authority voted Wednesday to invite Newton to conduct a feasibility study of Angier Elementary School, increasing the likelihood that the school will be renovated or replaced in the coming years.

Angier, which was built in 1919, is among the city’s top capital priorities. Newton officials are counting on some financial help from the authority to help address the school’s many needs and have been eager to get it into the MSBA’s pipeline.

The feasibility study, which will identify the best solution for Angier and the cost, is part of a multi-step MSBA process.

Early estimates suggest that the project could cost about $23 million. City officials have discussed asking for a debt exclusion override of Proposition 2 ½ to help pay for Angier and other needs.

“We are committed to working with Newton to find the most economical solution to the problems at Angier so that the students can grow and learn in an educationally appropriate and safe facility,” said State Treasurer Steven Grossman, the MSBA chairman, in a press release.

Deirdre Fernandes can be reached at deirdre.fernandes@globe.com

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