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Woodland Project Clears State Hurdle

The state's school building authority has given Milford permission to advance a proposal to expand or build a new school on the Woodland Elementary School campus.

The state School Building Authority voted Wednesday to advance a proposal to either create a new school, or expand the existing building, at .

The vote, witnessed by Milford Schools Superintendent Robert Tremblay, will allow local officials about nine months to create a school building committee and investigate financing.

The Woodland project was among eight approved by the Massachusetts School Building Authority, at its meeting in Boston. The scope of the project, whether a new school or an expansion, has not yet been determined.

The first step in the local process will be to assemble a school building committee, then to begin a feasibility study for the project, which is eligible for state reimbursement, Tremblay announced in a press release.

Participation from town departments, including the Finance Committee and Board of Selectmen will be critical, he said.

Tremblay described the news from the authority as "a win for the town of Milford and our young students. For more than a decade, the district has maintained its vision of the long-range educational plan, carefully mapping out the district’s needs and goals and it’s very gratifying with this vote today to see our plans come to fruition.”

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