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FY21 Education Capital Budget

Boston is investing $1 billion to transform school facilities.

Boston Public Schools is entering year four of BuildBPS, the District’s 10-year educational and facilities master plan. BuildBPS has transformed the way the District and the City plan, build, and renovate school facilities.


Boston is on track for its planned $1 billion investment in schools over 10 years, with $730 million coming from City borrowing and the remainder from State funding. In FY21, the City will invest $106 million in Boston Public School facilities and technology.

The FY21 capital budget includes funding for major building renovations and construction for Boston Arts Academy, as well as design funding for future new school construction and significant investment in maintenance and upgrades for schools throughout the City.

Annual Projected BuildBPS City Spending

FY18-FY19 amounts are actual expenditures. FY20 onwards are projections.

Featured BuildBPS Projects


The new $137 million, state-of-the-art Boston Arts Academy building is in construction, funded in partnership with the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA). Boston Arts Academy provides arts training combined with academic curricula for students from every neighborhood throughout Boston.


The FY21 capital budget includes significant investments in school bathrooms and drinking water infrastructure. Bathroom upgrades include fixtures, flooring, partitions, lighting, and paint. Drinking water upgrades include plumbing and fixtures.


27 school kitchens will be upgraded over the summer in Phase 3 of “My Way Café,” an innovative fresh food program that launched in early fall 2018.


BPS will continue upgrading school building security with expanded card access systems, re-keying doors, installing cameras at entrances and other critical areas, installing motion detectors, and other related improvements.

School conversions

In order to minimize school transitions for students, BPS will study grade 7-12 conversions and pursue interior renovations to facilitate grade K-6 conversions, in line with the goals of BuildBPS.

School Construction Pipeline

BPS is taking the next steps in the MSBA's process for a new building for the Josiah Quincy Upper School, and dramatic renovations or new construction to expand capacity for the Carter School.

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