Disappointments and delays continue for the New London public schools’ building project, an integral part of the plans to convert the district to the state’s first all-magnet-schools system. Way back in 2014, voters approved $168 million for new school construction. For the bulk of the project the state is reimbursing 80% of the costs. So, the city is getting a good return on a relatively modest investment if, that is, it can manage to bring this to completion. The high school is to be rebuilt as new. Adding to the cost and challenge is that school would have to continue hosting classes as the work is done in phases. The total estimated cost is $108 million, which includes design, architectural and construction management expenses, as well as some already completed preliminary work. While desperate construction companies, which likely stand to lose business due to a pandemic-caused recession, might be inclined to bid lower, there would be no guarantees and more time would be lost.