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City Receives $2.3 Million Grant For New Middle Schools' Roofs

Ice rink roof to be replaced, too, but is not covered by the grant.

City Receives $2.3 Million Grant For New Middle Schools' Roofs

The city will receive a grant of just under $2.3 million from the Massachusetts School Building Authority to replace the roofs of the and  middle schools: $1.8 million for the Kennedy roof and $461,000 for the Joyce roof.

Both projects will cost a total of $5.55 million, according to a document from the state agency: the Kennedy roof is $3.7 million, and the Joyce project, which includes a new roof on the , is $1.8 million.

The state agency will not reimburse any part of the rink roof, the agency’s funding notice states. The basis for the grant for the work at the Joyce is $900,000.

The state will pay 51.21 percent of certain roof project costs.

The agency authorized the funding Wednesday, March 30.

The city’s designer for both roof projects, Gale Associates, “recommends completely removing the roof down to the roof decking and replacing it with a PVC single-ply roof membrane system for both schools,” according to the school building authority.

The work will include repairs to the roof deck, above-the-roof-line masonry and windows, roof plumbing and modifications to the existing roof diaphragm, the document states.

Both roofs are “beyond useful life,” according to the state agency.

The city’s agent on the project, the Owner’s Project Manager, is Municipal Building Consultants, Inc.

The Kennedy Middle School, with a current enrollment of 511 students, opened in 1963, the Joyce, with 557 students today, in 1968, the funding document states.

The city will receive the money through the school building authority’s Green Repair Program.

The program’s main goals, according to the agency press release dated March 30, “are to improve learning environments for children and teachers, reduce energy use and generate cost savings for districts (by helping to pay to) repair or replace roofs, windows and/or boilers in schools that are otherwise structurally, functionally and educationally sound.”

The school building authority’s Board of Directors “approved 43 projects in 31 districts,” according to the press release. "Grants for those 43 projects total just under $25.4 million.”

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