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Waltham High School Funding Request Rejected

Waltham High School had been seeking funding for renovations.

Waltham High School Funding Request Rejected
The Massachusetts School Building Authority has rejected a funding request to renovate Waltham High School.

The MSBA, which provides state funding for school building projects, notified Superintendent Susan Nicholson of the decision in a Jan. 2. letter. 

While no specific reason was given, the MSBA considers requests based on the greatest need, according to the letter.

The district is eligible to refile its request during the next fiscal year, according to the letter. 

Overall, 201 schools from 117 districts applied for funding in fiscal 2013, according to the letter. According to the MSAB website, 47 were approved for funding. 

The renovations are needed for several reasons, according to the district's funding statement of interest for funding. Without renovations, the district risks losing its accreditation, according to the statement. Also, the building needs additional wireless Internet access and handicapped accessibility. The statement also cites potential future overcrowding due to increased enrollment. 

Nicholson could not be reached for comment immediately. 

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