High school denied MSBA eligibility for sixth time


The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS) has been denied eligibility for the 2020 Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) grant program — the sixth consecutive denial the school has received, according to a letter from the MSBA to Superintendent Matt D’Andrea.

Each year, MVRHS and dozens of other school districts in the commonwealth submit statements of interest (SOIs) illustrating their level of need and urgency related to school building construction, renovation, and repair. The MSBA then awards grants to those districts with the greatest and most immediate needs.

The authority reimburses between 20 and 80 percent of the total construction cost of entire projects based on need, and the high school overhaul would most likely qualify for approximately 40 percent reimbursement, if approved.

Overall, the MSBA received 71 SOIs from 52 different school districts for consideration in 2020, the letter reads: “Based upon the MSBA’s review and due diligence process, it has been determined that the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School SOI will not be invited into the MSBA Eligibility Period at this time. If the district would like to be considered for future collaboration with the MSBA, the district should file an SOI in an upcoming year.”

The MSBA is currently accepting SOIs for consideration for the 2021 grant cycle.

“The MSBA remains committed to collaborating and partnering with the Martha’s Vineyard Regional School District to better understand the facility issues within the district,” the letter reads. 



  1. The state probably thinks because we have possibly the highest per pupil school cost in the state and we have plenty of money and so we don’t need it. That would be wrong in they’re thinking it’s the administration and the teachers they get all the money and the poor school building needs attention. Does someone know what percentage of the school budget goes towards building maintenance?

    • Or maybe they do their homework and read all the vitriol in the papers about funding formulas and don’t want to waste their energy. Too many towns involved to bet on success. We only have ourselves to blame. Maybe get the track project done and they will look more favorably that the island can get anything done. Tisbury. You can get your school done and show MSBA there is an appetite for progress.

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