Mayor Thomas McGee

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June 8, 2021 2:33 PM
Welcome to the New Pickering Middle School Building Committee Webpage

Mayor McGee is seeking volunteers to serve on a new Pickering School Building Committee. This Committee will be established in compliance with the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) to monitor the application process and advise the City during the construction of a new Pickering Middle School building in Lynn.   The Committee will work with consultants to develop the required plans and authorize the submission of these plans to the MSBA.

The MSBA requires designated City employees serve on the Committee including the Mayor, School Superintendent, building principal, building maintenance officials, City financial officers, and a person certified in public purchasing.  There will also be elected officials on the Committee from the City Council and School Committee.  This Committee will be working throughout the 5-7 years it will take to move through the design, community engagement, and various approval processes.

The Mayor is seeking members of the public who are interested in serving including a resident with experience in energy efficient public architecture, engineering, or construction; a teacher or resident with knowledge of current educational mission and function of current facilities; and a resident with experience in effective community outreach.  We are especially seeking individuals of diverse backgrounds to participate and welcome parents/guardians of young children who may be in the middle school in five years. Members will be expected to prepare for and participate in meetings that will occur at least monthly.  Meetings will be held in the evenings and may be held on weekends when necessary.

If you are interested in volunteering to be on this committee, please complete and submit the online form available using the left hand tab on this page labeled "Committee Application”  THE DEADLINE TO RESPOND IS FRIDAY, JUNE 4TH.

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MSBA Invites City of Lynn's Pickering Middle School Into Eligibility Period
April 14, 2021

BOSTON - State Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg, Chair of the Massachusetts School Building Authority (“MSBA”), and MSBA Executive Director Jack McCarthy announced today that the MSBA Board of Directors voted to invite the Pickering Middle School, located in the City of Lynn, into the MSBA’s Eligibility Period. During the 270-day Eligibility Period, the MSBA will work with the District to determine the District’s financial and community readiness to enter the MSBA Capital Pipeline.

“The Board has voted the Pickering Middle School into the Eligibility Period,” said Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg. “The MSBA will work collaboratively with local officials to ensure the best outcome for the District’s students.”

The next step is for the District to complete preliminary requirements pertaining to local approval and formation of a local school building committee. Upon timely and successful completion of the Eligibility Period requirements, the District becomes eligible for an invitation into the Feasibility Study phase of the MSBA Capital Pipeline, subject to a vote of the Board of Directors.

“The Eligibility Period is a critical step in the MSBA’s process of evaluating potential work on the Pickering Middle School,” stated Executive Director McCarthy. “We look forward to our continued partnership with the District as it enters the Eligibility Period.”

The MSBA partners with Massachusetts communities to support the design and construction of educationally-appropriate, flexible, sustainable and cost-effective public school facilities. Since its 2004 inception, the Authority has made over 1,750 site visits to more than 250 school districts as part of its due diligence process and has made over $15.1 billion in reimbursements for school construction projects.

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Massachusetts School Building Authority - Eligibility Period

To further maximize resources, the MSBA has formalized and streamlined the beginning of its grant process with the establishment of an Eligibility Period, which has and will continue to result in several benefits to the District and the MSBA. The Eligibility Period assists the MSBA with managing its financial resources by identifying early in the process whether a District is ready to manage and fund a capital project. It will help to determine a District’s financial and community readiness to enter the capital pipeline. It will also assist Districts locally by providing a definitive schedule and identifying needs for planning and budgeting.

A vote of the MSBA Board of Directors to invite a District into the Eligibility Period is based on a review of the District’s Statement of Interest ("SOI") and staff due diligence and recommendation. The vote initiates a 270-day period for the District to complete certain preliminary requirements that include: 1) a certification of the District’s understanding of the grant program rules by executing an Initial Compliance Certification; 2) forming a School Building Committee and submitting the membership to the MSBA for acceptance; 3) completing an Educational Profile Questionnaire to further inform the MSBA’s understanding of the District’s current and proposed educational facilities, teaching methodology, grade configurations and program offerings; 4) a summary of the District’s existing maintenance practices; 5) certification of a design enrollment for the proposed project agreed upon with the MSBA (may not be applicable for Repair Assessments depending on the proposed scope of work); 6) confirmation of community authorization and funding to proceed (see MSBA Vote Requirements); and, 7) execution of the MSBA’s standard Feasibility Study Agreement, which establishes a process for the District to be reimbursed for eligible expenses.

Districts that successfully complete the preliminary requirements to the satisfaction of the MSBA within the 270-day Eligibility Period are eligible to receive an invitation from the MSBA Board of Directors to the Feasibility Study phase. This phase involves the District utilizing MSBA-specific procurement processes and standard Request for Services ("RFS") templates and contracts to procure a team of professionals to work with the District as a proposed project advances through the MSBA grant process as defined in Module 2.

Districts that are able to successfully complete the preliminary requirements in less than 270 days may receive an invitation earlier than 270 days, as determined by the MSBA. An invitation to the Eligibility Period is not an invitation to Feasibility Study and it does not guarantee an invitation to the MSBA’s capital pipeline. Districts that do not successfully complete the preliminary requirements within the 270-day period will have to re-file an SOI during the next open SOI filing period.

The MSBA’s program for school building construction and renovation grants is a non-entitlement competitive grant program. Grants are distributed by the MSBA’s Board of Directors based on need and urgency, as expressed by the District and validated by the MSBA. Submitting an SOI is the critical first step in the MSBA’s program for school building construction and renovation grants.

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