Bethel school officials say the State office of School Construction remains supportive of two renovations projects which could get some state reimbursement. The school construction money is different than the Education Cost Sharing Grant money, which Governor Malloy has cancelled for 85 municipalities, including Bethel.
Superintendent Christine Carver told the Board of Finance at their meeting last week that they are still aiming for an October referendum since a vote has to be held before November 15th in order to be eligible for the priority list.
The $65 million renovations to Rockwell Elementary and Johnson School will be discussed at a Special Town Meeting tonight at 7pm at Bethel High School. A referendum date will also be set.
Rockwell was built in 1971 and Johnson in 1980.
The resolution for a referendum could be written in a way that says going forward with the project is contingent on the state funding. There would be an "out clause" so the town wouldn't be responsible for the full $68 million if the state funding doesn't come through.