Local Government and Politics

Lynn’s Hood school gets $5.8 million for repairs

Hood Elementary School in Lynn. (Angela Owens/File photo)

LYNN  —  The Hood Elementary School is about to get an overdue $5.8 million facelift.

“It’s very necessary,” said Gayle Dufour, principal. “The school was built in 1961 and it’s time.”

The two-story, 48,700-square-foot school on Oakwood Avenue, which serves 487 students in grades K-5, will get a new roof, security doors, and bay windows.

The project manager, Russo Barr Associates, a Burlington architectural and engineering consulting firm that specializes in the renovation of building exteriors, made the recommendation to the city’s Inspectional Services Department.

Under the terms of the deal, the city will be reimbursed up to $4.2 million upon completion of the project by the Massachusetts School Building Authority, a quasi-independent government authority created to fund capital improvement projects in public schools.

“Over the years, there have been a patchwork of repairs to the Hood, so the timing of this couldn’t be better,” said City Councilor-at-Large Brian LaPierre.

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