Slossberg, Crisco: Proposed Beecher Road School renovations clear hurdle

WOODBRIDGE >> State Senators Gayle S. Slossberg (D-Milford) and Joseph J. Crisco, Jr. (D-Woodbridge) announced today that proposed upgrades to Beecher Road School in Woodbridge have been approved by Connecticut’s statutorily constituted School Construction Priority List Committee.

“These upgrades will have an immediate and lasting impact on the educational experience provided at Woodbridge’s Beecher Road School,” said Sen. Slossberg, Co-Chair of the General Assembly’s Education Committee and the School Construction Priority List Committee. “The proposed renovations will improve the quality of life for students, educators and administrators who spend their days in the school, and confirm our commitment to making Woodbridge a great place to raise a family.”

The School Construction Priority List Committee is a special legislative committee that meets once a year for the sole purpose of modifying and approving a list of school building projects. The eight members of the committee include the four chairs and ranking members of the Education Committee, and one additional member appointed by each leader of the legislature’s four caucuses.

The state’s Office of School Facilities submitted the 2015 School Building Project Priority List to the members of the committee in December of last year, and Melody Currey, Commissioner of the Department of Administrative Services, came before the committee to testify on the list on January 23, 2015.

“I’m proud to have partnered with First Selectman Scalettar and Senator Slossberg to advocate for these monumental improvements to Beecher Road School,” said Senator Joseph J. Crisco, Jr. (D-Woodbridge). “These upgrades will make a world of a difference for the students and teachers who learn and work in the school. I’ll work hard in the coming months to advocate for the project among my colleagues, and help see it through to final approval.”

“Senator Slossberg and Senator Crisco have been our partners in advancing this grant application and helping to assure its success,” said Woodbridge First Selectman Ellen Scalettar. “The grant will reduce the total project cost for the Beecher Road School renovations and the necessary borrowing to fund it. This is a good example of our state delegation working with us on behalf of Woodbridge residents.”

The proposed upgrades will now need approval from the General Assembly’s Education Committee, of which Senator Slossberg is Co-Chair, before heading to the floor of the House and Senate for a final vote of approval.

The School Building Project Priority List Committee approved an estimated grant of $3,717,917 for construction at Beecher Road School. The total estimated cost of the project is $13,345,000. The project includes installation of a new 250-watt photovoltaic solar panel array to the A, B, and C wings of the facility, and the replacement of the heating and cooling system. The window wall will also be replaced as well as the unit ventilators. The entire building will have a central air conditioning system.

Beecher Road School is Woodbridge’s sole elementary school. The Primary House of Beecher Road School serves students in Pre-kindergarten through second grade. The Intermediate House serves students in grades three through six. Students then enter the Amity Regional School System.