Few public comments on proposed $381 millon Norwich school construction project

Fewer than a dozen residents attended a public presentation Monday when architects presented plans for a $381 million proposal to build four new elementary schools and completely renovate one middle school. The plan likely will be put to voters in a referendum in November. After an estimated 67% state reimbursement, city taxpayers’ share of the $381 million project would be $149 million. Taxpayers’ portion would be substantially less than the estimated $225 million “do nothing” option for just repairs and maintenance to the seven aging elementary schools, an unrenovated Teachers’ Memorial Global Studies Middle School and central office building. DRA officials said a phasing plan would be used to build the schools, and future capital projects could be grouped together for potential savings. The proposal calls for building new elementary schools, each housing about 525 students, on the grounds of the Moriarty Environmental Sciences Magnet School, the John B. Stanton School and Uncas School and property where the Greeneville School once stood. Teachers’ Memorial would undergo a complete $99 million renovation to put it on par with the recently renovated Kelly STEAM Magnet Middle School.


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