The state Board of Education has met to discuss a new STEM Agriscience Academy at Shepaug Valley High School. The Science, Technology, Engineering and Math academy in Region 12 would be the 20th of its kind in the state. But it needs districtwide approval in a vote to be held November 10th.
The $39.4 million design would be constructed by Torrington-based O&G Industries.
At the start of the Region 12 Board of Education meeting Monday, members recognized Representative Arthur O'Neill for introducing, and getting passed, a measure that provides additional time for the District to submit an application for a grant covering 95% of the cost.
O’Neill noted that with the measure Region 12 could expect to grow an additional 50-60 students per year, and expand by a total of 200-240 students studying agriscience over the next four-year period.
Nearby Agriscience STEM Academy facilities have reached their capacity. A new STEM academy could enroll students from Brookfield, Danbury, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Sherman and Washington. Sending districts would pay tuition and provide transportation for the students they select.