North Reading is no stranger to state reimbursement for school construction projects. However, since our elementary schools were renovated, the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) has significantly changed how it funds schools projects in cities and towns in Massachusetts.
In the past, a town decided on a project and applied for reimbursement from the MSBA. Under current guidelines, a town must partner with the MSBA from the beginning of the process – from the MSBA accepting the town’s project as a priority to working together on the size and type of project. North Reading has completed this rigorous process with the MSBA, which has approved the currently proposed project, a middle school and high school with joint core facilities.
North Reading voters now have 120 days from the MSBA’s sign off in January to approve the project before the MSBA’s commitment ends and it moves on to fund the next project on its list – in another town. That’s why Rep. Brad Jones, Jr. says it’s a choice between the “front of the line or out of the line” for North Reading.
The $47 million of funding from the MSBA comes from your tax dollars, as one penny of every 6.25 cents of state sales tax goes toward school construction. In recent months, voters approved schools in Duxbury, Wilmington, and many other towns. Where will your tax dollars go next – to improving our own schools or to building schools in other cities and towns? Let’s bring our tax dollars back to North Reading to support our students, staff, and show North Reading pride.