The Massachusetts School Building Authority voted to authorize millions of dollars for school building projects across the state Wednesday morning.
The state authority voted to authorize a total of $168.2 million in grants, including:
$42.1 million to overhaul Winchester High School;
$49.7 million for a new Thurgood Marshall Middle School in Lynn;
$39.6 million for a new high school in Winthrop;
$10.8 million for a new Angier Elementary School in Newton
$26 million for a new Riverbend Elementary School in the Athol-Royalston regional school district.
“It’s real good news,” said Bob Deering, chair of Winchester's Educational Facilities Planning and Building Committee, which is overseeing that town's high school project. “That’s the first step into getting the new high school, is getting their approval. One step at a time.”
In Winchester, taxpayers now must decide whether to foot the nearly $90 million balance for that town's school. On Nov. 4, Town Meeting will vote on whether to approve the project budget; then, residents will head to the ballot box to decide whether to accept a debt exclusion. The vote is likely to be held Dec. 10, said Deering.
The high school is the most expensive building project the town has ever done, he said.