With Governor Malloy's signature on the state budget this week, funding for the Region 12 Agriscience-STEM academy came to fruition. About 80-percent of the nearly $30 million cost will be reimbursed by the state. The academy is aimed at increasing enrollment from outside of Bridgewater, Roxbury and Washington. The agriculture-related field subjects will be taught out of an expanded Shepaug Valley School. There was opposition to the project from people who don't believe it will draw in students and is too expensive. The project would go out to bid this Spring with construction slated for the summer for a September 2019 opening.