Rising enrollment has West Haven mulling school expansion

A planned 2,091-square-foot expansion to the Bailey cafeteria is expected to receive approval from the city Planning and Zoning Commission Tuesday evening, said Superintendent of Schools Neil Cavallaro. He said the expansion should seat about 120 additional students. According to state data, enrollment at Bailey grew from 806 students in 2017 to 927 in 2021. Ken Carney, chairman of the West Haven Building Committee, said the schools have not yet put the cafeteria upgrades out to bid, but they are predicting the work would cost about $2.3 to $2.4 million. He said he believes both Bailey and Carrigan Intermediate School require upgrades to their auditoriums with improved lighting and audio capabilities. And Cavallaro has future plans for Bailey’s library.


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