Mass. School Building Authority Approves Moody Roof Repair, Nixes Other Requests

(WHAV News file photograph)

State aid is on the way to help repair the aging infrastructure at Margin Street’s Moody School. On Tuesday, the Haverhill School Committee and Mayor James J. Fiorentini were notified that the Massachusetts School Building Authority invited the city to participate in the accelerated repair program to overhaul the roof of the preschool.

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The green light comes four months after the School Committee implored Fiorentini to seek state aid for four city schools: Haverhill High, Golden Hill, Silver Hill and Moody Schools. In the end, Fiorentini submitted Statements of Interests for all except Silver Hill, telling WHAV Tuesday he wishes he could take another pass at the application.

“I really have second thoughts about including all three schools. Our primary goal was the high school and I’ve learned in the past that when you fire your rifle with a clear shot, not a shotgun, you’re better off,” Fiorentini said.

School Committeeman Richard J. Rosa, an early and vocal advocate of the Accelerated Repair Program, told WHAV schools with roofs less than 28-years-old—like Haverhill High’s—were not considered due to the influx of applicants this year.

Fiorentini has vowed not to give up on HHS, telling WHAV he’s ready to go several rounds with MSBA if need be.

Additional details about the Moody repairs will be discussed at Thursday night’s School Committee meeting, which WHAV broadcasts live on 97.9 FM starting at 7 p.m.

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