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Hildreth Elementary will get evaluation by Mass. School Building Authority

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HARVARD — Hildreth Elementary School has received an initial nod from the Massachusetts School Building Authority, which announced Thursday that the school has been invited into the MSBA’s Eligibility Period.

During the 270-day Eligibility Period, the MSBA will work with Harvard officials to determine the town’s financial and community readiness to enter the MSBA Capital Pipeline.

“The Board has voted Hildreth Elementary into the Eligibility Period,” said Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg, who serves as MSBA chairman. “The MSBA will work collaboratively with Harvard officials to ensure the best outcome for the Town’s students.”

The next step is for the town to complete preliminary requirements pertaining to local approval and formation of a local school building committee. Upon timely and successful completion of the Eligibility Period requirements, the town becomes eligible for an invitation into the Feasibility Study phase of the Capital Pipeline, subject to a vote of the Board of Directors.

“The Eligibility Period is a critical step in the MSBA’s process of evaluating potential work on Hildreth Elementary School,” MSBA Chief Executive Officer Maureen Valente said. “We look forward to our continued partnership with the Town as it enters the Eligibility Period.”

The MSBA partners with Massachusetts communities to support the design and construction of educationally-appropriate, flexible, sustainable and cost-effective public school facilities. Since its 2004 inception, the Authority has made over 1,650 site visits to more than 250 school districts as part of its due diligence process and has made over $11.8 billion in reimbursements for school construction projects.

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