Torrington High School project progressing

Vicki Mancini, assistant library media specialist at the high school, joined a group that included Mario Longobucco and Ed Arum, co-chairmen of the building committee, for a tour of the $179 million project. “It’s much more than I expected,” Mancini said as she stood, amazed, in front of what will be a panoramic view of the middle-high school campus. “It’s going to be just beautiful.” Voters approved the project in November 2020. At that time, the middle-high school plan cost $159.6 million; in 2022, the building committee held a second referendum to add $20 million to the plan, citing increased materials and construction costs. Torrington is being reimbursed for 85 percent of the total cost, leaving about $27 million to be paid by taxpayers. The work is continuing at a healthy pace, Pracuta said and attributed the steady progress to a mild winter in 2022, which allowed the work to continue through the winter into the spring with little snow to hamper the construction crews. The project is slightly ahead of schedule: but there’s still a lot of work to do.

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