17 school construction grants and reauthorization of seven previously approved school projects have been approved by the Senate in special session. Funding for Danbury High School was included in the bill for capital improvements, transportation and school building projects.
The measure includes $31.7 million to reimburse the City for construction of a new Freshman Academy, which is projected to cost over $50 million to build.
The DHS 2020 project includes construction of a theater, two music classrooms, a new entrance way and an expansion of the exiting cafeteria. Various other upgrades to the building's existing infrastructure are also planned.
Danbury state Representative David Arconti says the City will now be eligible for almost 20-percent greater reimbursement for associated costs of replacing the school roof, an amount which is expected to save the City over $8 million.