Latest designs for Cheshire’s new Norton School, with open central courtyard, await cost estimates

Current designs for the new Norton school show a two-story building with an open central courtyard, a media center and rooms for music, art and teacher planning. The lower level includes a section with a gym, cafeteria, nurse’s office and administrative offices. The school was given a “Woods and Trails” theme through discussions with stakeholder groups. Depending on the numbers, the Next Generation School Committee might have to find reductions, like it did when estimates for the first round of designs came back $10 million over budget for each of the two new schools planned, the new Norton and an as-of-yet unnamed elementary school in the north end of town. The projects are also going through the local review process. The Inland Watercourse and Wetlands Commission meeting on Tuesday was scheduled to include a public hearing portion, as the new Norton site — located at 414 North Brooksvale Road — is near several homes.

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