Dan Haar: Reform? Firm in school construction inquiry removed in Hartford

The capital city is a few years into a $149 million super-renovation of Bulkeley, one of several high schools inside the city’s borders. If you’ve been following news of the statewide flap over school construction, you can guess what consulting firm joined the project last April. Yes, it was Construction Advocacy Professionals LLC, the Plainfield construction management firm strongly recommended in several cities and towns by Konstantinos “Kosta” Diamantis, who was head of the state Office of School Construction Grants and Review until he retired under fire on Oct. 28. The school construction office moved from DAS to the state Office of Policy and Management in November of 2019 at the insistence of OPM secretary Melissa McCaw, sources said. That move was reversed the day after Diamantis retired.


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