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Public hearing set for Monday in Bethel on proposed school renovations

The Public Hearing for the proposed renovations of Johnson and Rockwell schools is set for Monday night. 


With the ongoing debate over the state budget, town leadership made the decision to move the project forward to a public hearing because reimbursement for school construction projects is separate from Education Cost Sharing grants. Bethel’s current rate of reimbursement from the state is 45% of eligible costs.  


School officials say construction cost escalation is 4.5 percent each year.  Without some renovation work, the town is sinking money into an aging HVAC system. 


Monday's meeting at 7pm will be held at Bethel High School and childcare will be provided.