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Despite state deficits, Danbury Mayor confident of school project reimbursement

A proposed Danbury High School bond package is being voted on by City residents today.  Danbury is expecting 330 new students enrolling in the high school over the next couple of years.  Mayor Mark Boughton says there really is not enough space in the current facility to accommodate that type of growth. 

 

He says the school construction portion of the state budget has remained the same, so he expects about 63-percent reimbursement.  Boughton says the City needs to get the application in by June 30th to make sure the reimbursement comes through.  Otherwise, he says there's a lot of money on the line.

 

Boughton says for the short term, that state reimbursement program will stay in place.  But a couple of years from now, he thinks the state probably won't be reimbursing at the same rate.

 

Part of the plan calls for enclosing the current canopy at the cafeteria to accommodate the increased student population.  A redesigned front entrance along with parking and bus expansions are also planned.  The cost covers the addition, reconstruction of the current autoshop building and construction of a new facility to house the autoshop program. 

 

An addition to the current building would include a two-story gym, an academic floor and a science and computer lab level with the possibility in the future for another level.

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