New London high school project to get $10 million boost

October 10, 2018

New London — A 10 million boost in funding.

City Finance Director Don Gray said the state Department of Administrative Services has agreed to allow the city to use 31 million plan to locate an arts magnet school campus downtown at the Garde Arts Center.

It turns a 108 million project.

Ninety-five percent of the 2 million a year,” Gray said. “This is basically getting us back to where we were before.”

Delays were caused when negotiations broke down between the school district and the Garde Arts Center for the downtown campus and 17 million, it always had come with a caveat that the city go back to taxpayers for authorization and an uncertain outcome.

The 110 million for the north campus when they voted in favor of borrowing 49 million south campus project is located at Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School and the second phase of the overall project.

Under the current plan, students in sixth through 12th grades in the arts magnet pathway will attend school at the north campus. The same campus will accommodate high school students from the two other magnet themed schools: STEM and International Studies/International Baccalaureate.

The south campus will be home to middle schoolers in the STEM and International Studies/International Baccalaureate schools.

Conceptual designs for the north campus were drafted by Antinozzi Associates and await approval by the School Building and Maintenance Committee, said Diana McNeil, the senior project manager with the Capitol Region Education Council, which is overseeing the north campus project.

McNeil said the next stage is schematic designs. She called it a “good faith effort by the state” to revise the grant and allow access to $10 million and forward thinking by the city’s previous administration to build in “wiggle room” in the bond authorization that went to taxpayers.

McNeil said in a meeting on Tuesday with the DAS officials that they appeared pleased at the progress of the design of the project, a good sign moving forward.


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