Blackstone Valley Tech’s proposed formation of a Multi-Board Purchasing Program with the Town of Upton and the Mendon-Upton Regional School District was among 37 projects selected to receive funding through the state’s Community Innovation Challenge (CIC) grant program. The latest round of CIC funding was announced on February 6, 2014, in the Great Hall of the Massachusetts State House, where Valley Tech Development Specialist Alison L. Fraser (center) was joined by state Representative John V. Fernandes, D-Milford, (left) and state Senator Richard T. Moore, D-Uxbridge (right).
The cooperative purchase and sharing of a new hydraulic lift is expected to be just the beginning of another innovative partnership between Blackstone Valley Tech, the Mendon-Upton Regional School District, and the Town of Upton.
The “cherry-picker” articulated lift will be purchased with a $56,400 Community Innovation Challenge grant awarded to Blackstone Valley Tech on February 6, 2014, by the state Office of Administration and Finance. Valley Tech’s successful grant application proposed the formation of a Multi-Board Purchasing Program allowing Valley Tech, Mendon-Upton schools, and the Town of Upton to collaboratively purchase major pieces of equipment. The hydraulic lift will be the Multi-Board’s first collaborative purchase, along with a trailer to transport the lift to and from various locations, including each of the four schools within the Mendon-Upton Regional School District.
“We are delighted that a highly competitive grant authored by our staff will further demonstrate our commitment to work cooperatively with our host community and in-town neighboring school system,” said Blackstone Valley Tech Superintendent-Director Dr. Michael Fitzpatrick. “It is our hope that the mutual financial benefits of this Multi-Board partnership will be replicated by schools and municipalities throughout the Commonwealth.”
According to the grant application, the Multi-Board members collectively spend roughly $10,000 each year on renting lifts or contracting out for jobs such as raising athletic banners, replacing bulbs in light poles, and tree work. With the purchase of the grant-funded lift, the grant application projects that the $56,400 Community Innovative Challenge grant will pay for itself in the first five years.