Springfield (Mass.) officials pursue 5-year program for new school roofs, windows and boilers

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Thursday, October 31, 2013

The city is pursuing a five-year program to replace school roofs, windows and boilers, including four roof projects approved this year for up to 80 percent state reimbursement.

Roof projects have been approved for reimbursements by the Massachusetts School Building Authority at the following sites: the High School of Science and Technology, Margaret Ells Elementary, South End Middle, and the Springfield Public Day High School on Berkshire Avenue, officials said.

School officials and Mayor Domenic J. Sarno toured some of the other schools proposed for capital improvements on Monday as part of plans to apply for state reimbursements over the next four years on a year-by-year basis. The next application will be submitted by January.

In all, the planned and proposed capital projects could total more than $50 million over a five-year period, and would defer any further roofing projects for 15 to 20 years, said Patrick J. Sullivan, the city’s director of buildings and facilities. Proposed projects include new roofs at 18 additional schools through 2016.

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