Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

August 8, 2013

State OKs $3.3 million for Greater Lawrence Tech repairs


The Andover Townsman

---- — The Massachusetts School Building Authority last week approved a more than $3.3 million grant for planned repairs and upgrades to Greater Lawrence Regional Technical High School on River Road in Andover.

“This is a down payment on the academic excellence of students in the greater Lawrence district,” state Treasurer Steven Grossman, chairman of the Massachusetts School Building Authority, said in a release.

“Upon completion, these renovations will provide a modern learning environment and create the space needed to deliver on the school district’s educational commitments and goals.”

The district is eligible to receive reimbursement for 79 percent of eligible expenses with a Maximum Total Facilities Grant for the project of $3,363,667.

The project will consist of repairs to mechanical and plumbing systems in the 360,000-square-foot school, which was built in 1965. Greater Lawrence Regional Vocational Technical High School serves 1,400 students in grades 9 through 12 from Andover, Lawrence, Methuen and North Andover.

One of the next steps is for the district and the MSBA to enter into a Project Funding Agreement, which will detail the project’s scope and budget, along with the conditions under which the district will receive its grant.

“The future of the Massachusetts economy can be seen in our vocational schools, so it is vital for the state to invest in vocational education,” Jack McCarthy, executive director of the Massachusetts School Building Authority, said, adding funding for the Greater Lawrence Tech project is “an important step in that direction.”