Killam School Accepted into MSBA’s Eligibility Period

Reading, MA — Town Manager, Fidel Maltez, and Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Thomas Milaschewski, are pleased to share with the Reading community that the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) Board of Directors today voted to invite the Statement of Interest for the J. Warren Killam Elementary School into the MSBA’s Eligibility Period. 

“This is great news for the Town of Reading. We are grateful for the hard work completed on the Statement of Interest and the vote of the MSBA Board of Directors today,” said Maltez. “Our staff are excited to roll up their sleeves and get working on this crucial project for our community.”

“We are thrilled in the School Department today with the MSBA’s decision to accept the Killam School into the Eligibility Period,” said Milaschewski. “We will begin organizing for the next phase in partnership with Town staff as we go forward to bring our schools to the next level in Reading.”  

When reached for comment, School Committee Chair Tom Wise said, “The School Committee is excited to get to work on this project in concert with members of the Permanent Building Committee, members of the Select Board, and staff from the Town and School Department. We will be working through the process to gather public feedback, build understanding and advocate for the appropriate finances to support this transformational project for the Killam and greater Reading Public Schools community.”

The 270-day Eligibility Period formalizes and streamlines the beginning of the MSBA’s grant approval process and benefits the Town by providing a definitive schedule for the completion of preliminary requirements, assisting with the determination of financial and community readiness, and identifying needs for planning and budgeting. Successful completion of all activities in the Eligibility Period will allow the Town to be eligible for an MSBA invitation to Feasibility Study.

The Eligibility Period will begin on June 1, 2022, and will conclude by February 27. 2023. 

For more information on the MSBA process, requirements of the Eligibility Period, and more, please review the attached letter from MSBA Executive Director John. K. McCarthy. 

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