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School Building Renovations Planned This Summer


A number of state-funded building renovations are planned this summer in the second-largest school district in Massachusetts.

$17 million in renovations are planned at 15 school buildings in Springfield. Eighty percent of the funds will come from the Massachusetts School Building Authority.

Superintendent of schools Dan Warwick said this summer’s work continues a master construction plan to repair or replace buildings in Springfield where the average age of schools is 55.

"We've been the most aggressive getting projects funded by MSBA, $650 million in the last 10 years, that's more than Boston," Warwick said.

The scope of work planned this summer includes new windows, doors, and roofs, and at one school replacing a 65-year old gymnasium floor.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.