Norwich School Building Committee opts for four new elementary schools

The School Building Committee on Tuesday night endorsed a plan to build four new elementary schools to replace seven schools, three on the grounds of existing schools and one on city-owned land at the former Greeneville School site. Once the new schools are completed, the existing buildings would be torn down, and new playgrounds and athletic fields created in the spaces where buildings used to be. Prior to the vote, DRA officials reviewed all options for renovating existing schools, building new on existing school grounds and three potential new sites. The committee agreed with the firm’s analysis that renovating the existing buildings would be difficult and cause logistical problems, needing up to two years of interim “swing” space, or temporary space for displaced classes, during construction.

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