Wethersfield plan to modernize, enlarge elementary schools estimated at $271 million

Wethersfield’s school system wants a fall referendum on its proposed $271 million modernization of the town’s elementary schools. Construction would be done in stages over a decade, and in the end about 30% of Wethersfield’s elementary grade students would be transferred to different schools than the ones they attend now, educators said. The plan would “incorporate a combination of building new, renovating and contracting from five schools to four,” Superintendent Michael Emmett told the council on May 10. The cost projections are estimating $400 per square foot construction cost, and reflect contractors’ bids for recent, similar projects in the state, he said. Estimators calculate the state government will shoulder $107 million of the cost, leaving Wethersfield taxpayers to cover $164 million.


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