Danbury career academy to earn millions more in state reimbursement due to increased costs

Local leaders applauded the new funding for the high school, as well as $1.9 million to replace the roof at Ellsworth Avenue Elementary School and $10.43 million to renovate the Danbury High School science labs. Lawmakers also touted a $7.54 million increase in the city’s share of state Education Cost Sharing grant monies. Now, the city will earn 80 percent reimbursement on up to $179.5 million of eligible costs, a $25.5 million increase from what the city initially anticipated, officials said. The estimated cost when Danbury voters approved the project in 2022 was $164 million. The project is still on track to open for the 2025-26 school year, Iadarola said. He said he does not anticipate the total project cost will exceed the $179.5 million level that was set for state reimbursement.


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