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Brookfield officials set up account for school projects

Brookfield officials are setting up a fund to handle the 78 million school project recently approved.  First Selectman Steve Dunn says this is critical since a lot of players will be involved. 

The project includes tearing down the current Huckleberry School, constructing a new building on that campus for pre-k through 5th graders and moving Center Elementary students into the facility as well.  Center School would then be turned over to the town. 

Brookfield school officials are applying for state grant reimbursement on eligible costs. 

When the high school was renovated, there were significant issues with the accounting.  Dunn says he doesn't think any one person did anything wrong, but believes there were too many people involved.  He says that made things more complicated than needed.  In 2015, the state indicated it was going to withhold $7 million in reimbursement because of inadequate documentation. Dunn says it took 18 to 24 months of talking with the Commissioner of the state Department of Administrative Services to straighten everything out.