BOSTON – The Massachusetts School Building Authority Wednesday approved $5.8 million in repairs for three Worcester elementary schools and $7.2 million for upgrades at Athol High School. Also, the authority accepted Doherty Memorial High School of Worcester into its feasibility study program.

“We’ve been working at this a long time,” Worcester Mayor Joseph M. Petty said in a news release about the Doherty acceptance. According to the release, inclusion in the study means Doherty could be in line for major renovations or total replacement.

"This critical, year-long period will study the needs of the school and the city to determine which solution is most appropriate for at least the next 50 years for the school," the city wrote.

The separate repair funding, part of a $21.8 million announcement for a statewide accelerated repair program, was awarded in Worcester to Elm Park Community School, Lincoln Street Elementary School and Thorndyke Road Elementary School.

Elm Park will get $2.2 million toward a $3.2 million window and door replacement project. Lincoln Street will get close to $2 million toward a $3.7 million project for window, door and roof repairs. Thorndyke will get $1.7 million toward a $2.5 million project for window and door repairs.

Athol High received $7.2 million toward a $10.1 million project for roof, boiler, window and door repairs.

Worcester officials Wednesday said the repair projects will go out to bid soon, with construction starting this summer.

Senate President Harriette L. Chandler, D-Worcester, said she was thrilled with the news about Doherty.

“The students of Doherty Memorial High School deserve better, and now that the MSBA has accepted the school into its feasibility period, long-needed change is soon to come," she was quoted as saying in the city's news release.

"The new facility will enhance the quality of the education available to students in the Doherty quadrant in all areas of academics by providing a modern learning environment," said Superintendent Maureen Bineinda.

The city, in its news release, touted $260 million in investment in school buildings over the past decade.

The $58 million Nelson Place School opened in fall 2017, while construction of a new South High will start later this year.

Doherty was opened in 1966 as a replacement for both Worcester Classical High School and Worcester Commerce High School.