21st Century Schools Fund
The $13 million BuildBPS 21st Century Schools Fund is providing schools with 21st century tools, including new technology and comfortable, movable furniture. This initiative will promote learner-centric programs, benefit professional development, and provide greater flexibility in both current and future learning spaces. BPS will work with school leaders to complete these upgrades for the start of the 2018-19 school year.
Accelerated Repair Program
Boston has also successfully ramped up its efforts to leverage MSBA Accelerated Repair Program (ARP) dollars from the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) to provide much needed improvements to its schools. In FY18, Boston invested $16.9 million to unlock $22.8 million in grants from the MSBA to provide seven BPS schools with new windows replace roofs and boilers at five BPS schools. In FY19, BPS will invest $4.5 million to unlock a $7.1 million grant from the MSBA to replace roofs, boilers, or windows at six schools. The Mayor’s capital plan sets aside an additional $26.7 million over the next five years to position Boston to further leverage MSBA ARP dollars in the future.
Other BPS projects
This Capital Plan allows Boston to invest in BPS projects already in the pipeline:
- Slated to be completed in winter of 2017/2018, the $73 million Dearborn STEM Academy will open for students in September 2018. The project, which leverages a projected $37 million match from the MSBA, is designed based upon a project-based learning curriculum, with an emphasis on STEM education.
- The Eliot School construction projects will be completed in FY19. The new $23 million North Bennet Street building opened in September 2017, and the $34 million Commercial Street building will welcome grades 5-8 into a 21st century learning environment.
- The new $124 million Boston Arts Academy building is leveraging $49 million match from the MSBA. Beginning construction in FY19, the school will provide students with state of the art performance and studio space, opening in September 2021.
- BPS is partnering with the Shah Family Foundation to provide 25 schools with full-service kitchens. This is the first phase in a multi-year kitchen renovation program.
- The Capital Plan provides for Boston’s matching investment in the Josiah Quincy Upper School (JQUS) and the Carter School, which are collaborative projects with the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA).
- BPS will continue the 5 year plan to upgrade technology infrastructure across the district in support of 21st century learning.
- BPS will increase its investment in school security to a total budget of $5 million. The project includes upgrades to external and internal doors, locks and key cards, and cameras.