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MassDevelopment Bond Helps Whitinsville School Create State-of-the-Art Media Center

August 6, 2012


Contacts:
Kelsey Abbruzzese, MassDevelopment, 617-330-2086 & 617-448-9077 (cell)
kabbruzzese@massdevelopment.com
Steve Heintz, Whitinsville Christian School, 508-234-8211 ext. 44
sheintz@wcs.mec.edu

MassDevelopment has issued a $3 million bond on behalf of the Whitinsville Society for Christian Instruction, Inc., which does business as the Whitinsville Christian School (WCS). The School, which serves more than 530 students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade, will use bond proceeds to create a state-of-the-art media center as part of WCS's library renovation and expansion. The media center, which will emphasize technology in learning, will allow at least three classes to operate simultaneously with extra space for students to work individually. The library will also include reading areas, seating, and conference rooms for small groups of students to work together.

“WCS has a long history of providing quality education, and its library expansion will add to its appeal,” said MassDevelopment President and CEO Marty Jones. “We're pleased to provide access to this low-cost financing so the School can expand and offer more learning opportunities to youths from Southern New England.”

Founded in 1928, WCS features a 27-acre campus with a broad range of academic, artistic, and athletic facilities. The media center will have dedicated entrances and spaces for elementary and high school students. WCS is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and focuses on the development of its students' personal, social, physical, and spiritual lives.

Whitinsville Christian School Headmaster Lance Engbers is excited about the partnership with MassDevelopment, stating, “This Library Media Center will provide technological advancements as well as much needed student space, and we anticipate it will become a central focus, the hub, of our continued high-quality Christian education. Between the library, classroom, office and technology space, the strong community that we already enjoy will be enhanced. Both learning and social interaction will flourish. This project will change life at WCS. We're thrilled that MassDevelopment has been supportive of our planning and construction.”

MassDevelopment, the state's finance and development agency, works with businesses, nonprofits, financial institutions, and communities to stimulate economic growth across the Commonwealth. During FY2011, MassDevelopment financed or managed more than 300 projects generating investment of $3.8 billion in the Massachusetts economy. These projects are projected to create more than 10,000 jobs (2,547 permanent and 8,129 construction), and build or rehabilitate more than 1,000 residential units.