Norwalk set to break ground on first new school in 50 years

As construction at Jefferson Elementary wraps up, the city is preparing to break ground on its first new school building in over 50 years. Newfield Construction is reviewing bid packages for the new Cranbury Elementary School and will then submit a maximum price for the project to Common Council. Construction is scheduled to start in April and be completed by fall 2023. Cranbury Elementary will remain operational through construction and will be demolished when the new school is built to make room for vehicle drop-off areas. The budget for the project is $45 million. The last time the city built a new school was in 1971 when Norwalk High School, Jefferson Elementary, and Marvin Elementary were all constructed. Crews are working from the third floor down as they finish painting rooms, installing cabinetry and electronic display boards, and putting in lighting and HVAC systems. A greater investment in the school facilities was one of the recommendations made by Evergreen Solutions in its efficiency study of Norwalk and the public schools, released on Tuesday. The study encouraged both entities to follow the assessment conducted by Newman + DLR Group last year to prioritize which facilities to renovate next.

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