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Bay Path renovation discussed over breakfast

November 02, 2011
CHARLTON — Dozens of local politicians attended a legislative breakfast at Bay Path Regional Technical Vocational High School on Friday, Oct. 28, where plans for building an addition to the school were discussed.

"This is a chance to talk to each other, see the school and what we're trying to do," Bay Path Superintendent David Papagni told the group that met for a breakfast buffet at the school's Hilltop Restaurant.

Executive Director of the Mass. School Buildings Association (MSBA) Katherine Craver lead a detailed presentation of her organization's work on funding new school construction throughout the state, including the proposed Bay Path renovation and addition.

The MSBA was created in 2004 to replace the Department of Education's former school building assistance program. According to Craven, in the former program, which had accumulated $11 billion in debt, 428 school building projects were on a waiting list for funding from the state, and often waited years, sometimes decades, for their first payment. The MSBA's dedicated revenue stream of one cent from the state's 6.25 percent sales tax has generated $8 billion for building projects, with schools receiving payments directly from the MSBA as costs are incurred.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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