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State Agency Approves Funding for New Brookings School

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – The state has approved funding for work on one of two Springfield schools damaged by the June 2011 tornado.

Wednesday, the Mass. School Building Authority’s Board of Directors voted to approve funding for the new Elias Brookings School in Springfield.

Both Brookings and the Mary Dryden School were heavily damaged during the tornado.

Special legislation passed this summer allows the state to reimburse Springfield up to 100 percent of eligible costs in the future. Previous to this legislation, the school system would only be eligible to receive up to 80 percent of eligible project expenses, with a maximum grant of just over $17 million.

“The construction of the new Brookings School represents a major step in Springfield’s recovery from last year’s devastating storm. The MSBA stands alongside the people of Springfield every step of the way in this project,” says Mass. School Building Authority Executive Director Jack McCarthy.

The state says that one of the next steps for the Springfield Public Schools and the building authority to enter into an agreement that will detail the project’s scope and budget, and outline the terms and conditions of the state’s grant.