Bridgeport scrambles to salvage state funding for Bassick High

City officials are counting on state lawmakers to reauthorize tens of millions of dollars in reimbursement for the now more expensive project during the the Connecticut General Assembly’s upcoming session. But the simplest route to those funds — getting Bassick on the priority list of school construction projects issued in December — may be out and separate, Bassick-specific legislation instead required. The Bridgeport City Council is doing its part. On Monday that body’s budget committee, as recently requested by the state’s school construction grants division, approved the city’s new share of the full $129 million Bassick cost — $32 million versus the previous $28.5 million figure — and authorized Mayor Joe Ganim’s administration to borrow that money over the next two years.

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