High school renovation pursued in Enfield
February 1, 2013 by James
enfield officials and voters seek a $103m dollar plan for Enfield’s High School, allowing for much needed renovations and a school expansion for local students. Students would be moved from the current Enrico Fermi High School to a newly renovated, larger building.
Town officials in Enfield hope to speed up the renovation project and start construction in 2013 rather than 2014-15. While the project has been approved by the state, it has yet to be seen whether the process can begin earlier. So far, the legislature’s education committee has approved 27 projects for 2013-14, but Enfield’s was not among them. Education Committee Chairman Andrew Fleischmann noted that:
“Enfield will have to demonstrate that it needs the money sooner because of a good public policy reason. It will also have to explain why it shouldn’t have to go through the normal process.”
Approved projects thus far include construction grants for towns like Greenwich, Waterbury, and Rocky Hill, and representatives for Enfield are still pushing for an accelerated construction date. Rep. David Kiner, D-Enfield, is a member of the education committee and hopes to work alongside local officials to add Enfield’s grant to the 2013 roster, though exceptions of this kind are not generally considered unless the town can provide evidence of immediate and substantial need.
To keep community members and voters aware of the proposal’s position in the approval process, town officials may consider using print companies and flyer printing in public areas to keep students and parents up-to-date.