WILLIAMSTOWN -- Mount Greylock Regional School District has been invited into the state School Building Authority's (MSBA) eligibility period, Superintendent Rose Ellis said Wednesday, the first step in securing a school building project for the aging Mount Greylock Middle and High School building.
The MSBA Board of Directors unanimously voted to accept the district at their meeting Wednesday morning in Boston, she said. Ellis attended the meeting with School Committee Chairwoman Carrie Greene.
It's the first time the district, which serves grades 7-12 in Williamstown and Lanesborough, has been invited into the MSBA program. The state entity is responsible for funding school construction projects.
The vote in favor begins a 270-day period where the district must show it can financially support a building project. If requirements are met, the district would then become eligible for invitation into the feasibility study phase, subject to a positive vote of the board of directors.
The district has submitted six statements of interest (SOI), an official request to be added to the funding list of school projects statewide, since 2005, but has never been accepted into the eligibility phase.
The most recent SOI, submitted last winter, lists numerous inadequacies with the 1960 Mount Greylock building. Issues include failing heating and ventilation systems, energy inefficiency due to lack or absence of insulation, mold and ice issues, and spaces not in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Moisture and ventilation issues led to the closing of the school on Sept. 11 and 12, when 90 degree heat and high humidity caused slippery floors.
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