Boston mayor pushes $2B school construction, renovation plan
Massachusetts – Boston Mayor Michelle Wu unveiled a Green New Deal for Boston Public Schools (BPS) that would invest $2 billion to construct and renovate district facilities, many of which date to the 1950s.
The Green New Deal will accelerate work to decarbonize the city’s building sector, while delivering improvements to environmental health, justice, and safety for BPS students, families, and educators.
BPS facilities make up nearly half of city-owned building emissions. School construction, renovation, and retrofit projects will support citywide climate action while also building community resilience to extreme weather events.
The plan will be kickstarted by a $605 million investment in the fiscal year 2023-2027 Capital Plan to launch major new projects, with new staffing and planning tools to deliver improvements for BPS communities.
Under the plan, the city is committing to:
- Building a new high school at the West Roxbury Education Complex. The district will direct $150,000 in the capital budget for a needs assessment to rebuild the complex as a comprehensive 7-12 high school.
- Expanding Madison Park Technical Vocational High School. In fiscal year 2023, the district will launch a programming and design study to build an educational complex.
- Renovating four McKinley schools – an elementary school, an academy, a middle school, and preparatory high school – housed in three buildings. In FY23, the district will start work on a design study to determine requirements for all three sites.
- Applying for state funds to replace, renovate, or modernize the Blackstone Elementary School.
- Seeking state funds to replace, renovate, or modernize the Otis School by building an expansion on the Paris Street lot.
- Renovating the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. K-8 School that serves more than 500 students. At nearly 90 years old, the district has categorized many of its urgent repair needs as a high priority.
- Adding auxiliary space and updating accessibility at the PJ Kennedy School.
- Repairing the Cleveland Building’s roof and exterior.
- Upgrading White Stadium. The district will dedicate $500,000 for an assessment of the facility, including the east and west stands, the playing field, and the track, to develop preliminary designs and cost estimates.
Included in the plan are district-wide capital investments that will bring facilities improvements to nearly every BPS community, such as energy and water efficiency upgrades, the installation of solar panels, renovations to bathrooms and kitchens, school yard improvements, and the installation of air conditioners and drinking water fountains.