For Immediate Release - August 12, 2011

Grossman Presents $28.4 Million Check to Brockton for Green Repair Projects at Eight Schools

New Roofs, Windows and Boilers Will Improve Learning Environment for Thousands of Students

State Treasurer Steven Grossman, Chairman of the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) and MSBA Executive Director Katherine Craven today presented Brockton officials with a $28.4 million check to fund upgrades at eight city schools under the Authority's Green Repair Program.

"These repairs will dramatically upgrade the quality of these schools and make them more cost-effective for the City of Brockton to operate," said Treasurer Grossman. "Ultimately, this investment will result in savings for the community, more viable schools, and a better environment in which kids can learn."

Schools receiving funding under the grant include Brockton High School, North Junior High School, East Junior High School, West Junior High School, Davis Elementary School, Raymond Elementary School, Downey Elementary School, and Hancock Elementary School. The Green Repair program has a budget of $300 million, and grants are awarded on a competitive basis.

"The MSBA has invited over 175 school repair projects into our Green Repair Program, and most recently eight schools in Brockton," stated MSBA Executive Director Katherine Craven. "Thousands of children in Brockton will be the direct beneficiaries of an improved learning environment through this program."

Projects typically included under the Green Repair program include the repair or replacement of roofs, windows, or boilers in schools that are otherwise structurally and functionally sound. The program capitalizes on the MSBA's goal of maximizing the efficiency of the Commonwealth's school-building dollars by repairing and reusing infrastructure that is otherwise in good shape.

The Brockton Public School District educates nearly 16,000 students.