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New High School Lauded in Ribbon-Cutting

The new 186,000 square foot facility replaces the existing school, built in 1962.

Press release submitted by the Massachusetts School Building Authority.

Jack McCarthy, executive director of the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA), joined with state and local leaders to cut the ribbon at the new Grafton High School on Tuesday, Aug. 27.

The MSBA is contributing 56.89 percent of eligible expenses toward the project.

“The opening of the Grafton High School is another example of the MSBA’s unwavering commitment to Massachusetts schoolchildren,” said Massachusetts Treasurer and MSBA Chair Steven Grossman. “All across the Commonwealth, we’re working with school districts to develop state-of-the-art learning environments in which to educate and prepare students for the demands of the new economy.”

“It is a pleasure to help cut the ribbon for the new Grafton High School,” McCarthy said. “This modern and efficient facility provides Grafton students with a state-of-the-art learning environment.”

The new 186,000 square foot facility replaces the existing school, built in 1962, as part of a district-wide grade reconfiguration to address current and anticipated overcrowding. The $72 million school will serve 900 students in grades 9-12. The MSBA’s Maximum Total Facilities Grant for this project is $36,108,679.

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 creation, the MSBA made more than $9 billion in payments to Massachusetts school districts. These timely payments made by the MSBA to cities, towns, and regional school districts for school construction projects have saved municipalities over $2.9 billion in avoided local interest costs and have provided much needed cash flow to communities.

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