City Council Appropriates $18.1 Million for School Repairs
The New Bedford City Council approved $18.1 million in funding for accelerated repair projects at four city elementary schools during Tuesday night's meeting.
The projects to be funded include replacement and repair of windows, boilers, doors and more at Carney Academy, Hayden McFadden Elementary School, Casimir Pulaski Elementary School and Alfred J. Gomes Elementary School.
"I am thrilled that we are proceeding, that those will be brighter and more positive learning environments," said Superintendent Dr. Pia Durkin.
Most of the capital bond will be covered by the Massachusetts School Building Authority, leaving the city on the hook for a little over $3.5 million.
Councilors unanimously approved the loan order, yet Councilor at Large Naomi Carney asked for updates on the projects so the council knows how the money is being spent.
"Í'm hoping and asking that while these repairs are being done, [School Department officials] come back with updates on what they've done," Carney said.
Carney has requested updates begin 30 days after the first project is started.
School officials say the projects are expected to begin this summer.
The City Council also approved two additional loan orders: $5.5 million for critically-needed repairs to City-owned buildings and $520,000 to improve Hazelwood Park for recreational purposes.