January 25, 2017
Martin Walsh, mayor of Boston, unveiled his “Build BPS” (Boston Public Schools) program, a $1 billion, 10-year investment program geared toward upgrading the city’s aging school facilities. Over the next decade, new construction and upgrades will take place in a move to introduce new technologies, improve mechanical systems and energy efficiency, and boost accessibility to many of Boston’s school buildings.
Walsh indicated during his annual address that 65% of Boston’s public schools were built before World War II. Since that time, only 50% of the schools had been renovated. “In that time, we built an elevated expressway, tore it down, and buried it in the tunnel downtown,” Walsh wrote in a Boston Globe op-ed, the same day he announced the initiative.
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