Thursday, October 22, 2009

School Funding Chief to Visit Gloucester

Katherine Craven, the Executive Director of the Massachusetts School Building Authority, will visit Gloucester tomorrow at the invitation of State Senate Assistant Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester) and State Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante (D-Gloucester). Tarr and Ferrante have been working with Craven, State Treasurer Tim Cahill, and local officials to secure funding for capital projects in the Gloucester Public School System.

Tomorrow’s visit will include tours of the West Parish Elementary School and others, and discussions with the school committee and school department administrators. The visit will begin at 2 p.m. at the school department administrative offices, located at 6 School House Road.

The visit is a significant step in the MSBA’s consideration of 5 Statements of Interest submitted recently by the school committee and the City of Gloucester. Tarr and Ferrante are hopeful that action on Gloucester’s applications occur as soon as the November meeting of the MSBA board.