State officials today approved $9.6 million in funding for the construction of a new Thompson Elementary School in Arlington.
The Massachusetts School Building Authority approved the funding for the new Kindergarten through 5th-grade school and will now work with the town on a project funding agreement to establish the terms and conditions of the grant, the Authority said in a press release Wednesday.
In May, Arlington Town Meeting approved $20 million in funding for the construction of the new school. The state funds would reimburse the town for about half of the project costs.
The old Thompson Elementary School was completed in 1956 and school officials have said additional space is needed in the elementary school to accommodate the town’s growing student population and provide better space for state mandated pre-kindergarten programming for special needs students.
The old school will be demolished and construction of the new building would begin next year.
“The new Thompson Elementary School will address facility deficiencies as well as eliminate overcrowding,” stated Katherine Craven, MSBA Executive Director, in a press release announcing the state funding. “Students will soon have a beautiful new space which will undoubtedly enhance and improve their ability to excel in the classroom.”