A groundbreaking ceremony was held in honor of the $25.5 million renovation and addition project that is recently underway for the Lincoln Street Elementary School. Town Administrator John Coderre kicked off the ceremony, with Maureen Valente, CEO of the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) and Superintendent Christine Johnson as key participants in the dedication. Event attendance also included the school faculty and representatives of the design team, construction team and other specialty trades. Ms. Valente is quoted on the MSBA website as saying, “This project will create a better learning and teaching environment for the students and teachers of Lincoln Street Elementary and is another example of the commitment, collaboration and partnership that the MSBA has with districts.”
The students were the emphasis of the dedication with students from several grades in attendance, Town Administrator John Coderre engaged the children by asking “Hey kids, is $15 million a lot of money?” “Yes,” came the answer in a chorus of young voices. “It is. You are all worth it…” Coderre replied.”
LPA’s design includes the renovation of 45,000 square feet of the existing building and adding an 8,000-square-foot addition, with a new gym, music room and lobby. The MSBA will fund $10,407,408 of the project while the town will fund the rest through a debt exclusion. The anticipated completion for the project is August 2016.