The town has been awarded a $1 million state grant to carry out sorely-needed repairs at the Olive Day Elementary School.
The school off Main Street has had structural problems the past several years, mostly related to a leaking roof that has caused other damage.
“The New England environment can be tough on our buildings,” said state Rep. Shawn Dooley, R-Norfolk, who announced the funding this week.
The grant comes from the Massachusetts School Building Authority and totals $1,066,359.
The MSBA agreed to the funding at its board meeting last week in Boston.
The town first filed their statement of interest with the authority in January of 2017, and the latest development signals the final steps in the process.
Previously, Dooley had also helped secure $125,000 in the state’s Fiscal 2017 budget to put towards the building work.
Dooley is a former local school committee member and chairman. He was on the school board and the building committee when the Freeman-Kennedy Elementary School was constructed.
Opened in 2012, the school houses about 475 third- through sixth-graders while Olive Day hosts about 435 pre-kindergarten through second-graders. It opened in 1994.
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