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Bethel temporarily puts off vote on school renovations

Bethel officials have decided to delay scheduling a referendum on two school renovation projects until the state's financial picture is a little more clear.   About 45-percent of the $68 million renovations to Rockwell Elementary and Johnson School is eligible for 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. 

 

The Bethel Board of Finance will meet September 12th about whether to set a public hearing and town meeting for the renovation project. 

 

Superintendent Christine Carver told the Board on Tuesday that 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, even though the referendum was successful.

 

They are aiming for an October referendum because one has to be held before November 15th in order to be eligible for the priority list.

 

Rockwell was built in 1971 and Johnson in 1980.

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