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House Bill No. 6901

September 8 Special Session, Public Act No. 03-2

AN ACT CONCERNING SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (Effective from passage) The Commissioner of Education having reviewed applications for state grants for public school building projects in accordance with section 10-283 of the general statutes on the basis of priorities for such projects and standards for school construction established by the State Board of Education, and having prepared a listing of all such eligible projects ranked in order of priority, including a separate schedule of previously authorized projects which have changed substantially in scope or cost, as determined by said commissioner together with the amount of estimated grant with respect to each eligible project, and having submitted such listing of eligible projects, prior to December 15, 2002, to a committee of the General Assembly established under section 10-283a of the general statutes for the purpose of reviewing such listing, is hereby authorized to enter into grant commitments on behalf of the state in accordance with said section 10-283 with respect to the priority listing of such projects and in such estimated amounts as approved by said committee prior to February 1, 2003, as follows:

(1) Estimated Grant Commitments

 

School District

Estimated Total

Estimated

 

School

Project Costs

Grant

 

Project Number

   
       
 

STAMFORD

   
 

Academy of Information Tech & Eng

   
 

0248 MAG/N

$ 31,799,106

$ 31,799,106

       
 

CES

   
 

Regional Center for the Arts

   
 

0032 MAG/N

13,373,040

13,373,040

       
 

BRIDGEPORT

   
 

New Harding High School

   
 

0141 N/PS

97,218,748

76,734,758

       
 

FAIRFIELD

   
 

New McKinley Elementary

   
 

0103 N

21,171,000

5,822,025

       
 

FAIRFIELD

   
 

New Elementary School

   
 

0104 N

21,171,000

5,822,025

       
 

FAIRFIELD

   
 

New Middle School

   
 

0105 N

51,130,000

14,060,750

       
 

FAIRFIELD

   
 

Ludlow M. S. Conversion to H. S.

   
 

0106 EA

46,173,000

12,697,575

       
 

FAIRFIELD

   
 

Fairfield High School

   
 

0107 EA

51,660,000

14,206,500

       
 

FARMINGTON

   
 

Farmington High School

   
 

0056 EA

8,800,000

2,545,840

       
 

GRANBY

   
 

Wells Road Intermediate School

   
 

0047 EA

12,307,080

5,625,566

       
 

GRANBY

   
 

Frank M. Kearns Primary School

   
 

0048 EA

5,983,170

2,734,907

       
 

GRANBY

   
 

Kelly Lane Intermediate School

   
 

0050 EA/RR

12,120,140

5,540,116

       
 

GREENWICH

   
 

Western Middle School

   
 

0108 A/CV

4,974,000

1,012,706

       
 

GUILFORD

   
 

A. Baldwin Middle School

   
 

0088 E

6,840,000

2,271,564

       
 

KILLINGLY

   
 

New Killingly High School

   
 

0059 N

69,020,313

51,516,762

       
 

KILLINGLY

   
 

New Regional Vo-Ag Center

   
 

0060 VA/N

14,317,000

14,317,000

       
 

LEBANON

   
 

Lebanon Elementary School

   
 

0050 EA/RR

15,600,000

9,526,920

       
 

MADISON

   
 

Town Kindergarten Center

   
 

0058 N

1,493,916

437,568

       
 

MILFORD

   
 

Orange Avenue School

   
 

0163 E/EC

5,000,000

2,214,500

       
 

NEW CANAAN

   
 

New Canaan High School

   
 

0044 EA

54,476,454

10,895,291

       
 

NEW HARTFORD

   
 

New Hartford Elementary School

   
 

0031 EA

1,980,480

1,060,943

       
 

NEWINGTON

   
 

Newington High School

   
 

0092 EA

1,000,000

546,400

       
 

NORTH HAVEN

   
 

New North Haven High School

   
 

0046 N

67,654,432

22,955,149

       
 

OLD SAYBROOK

   
 

Kathleen E. Goodwin School

   
 

0034 EA

249,500

73,952

       
 

SHELTON

   
 

Altern. Educ. Prog. @ Intermed.

   
 

0076 A

966,100

396,777

       
 

TOLLAND

   
 

New Tolland High School

   
 

0069 N/PS

67,521,438

37,379,868

       
 

TRUMBULL

   
 

C. E. S. /Trumbull Preschool

   
 

0097 A/CV

5,412,709

1,701,214

       
 

WESTBROOK

   
 

Westbrook High School

   
 

0020 EA

26,351,000

8,187,256

       
 

CES

   
 

C. E. S. /Trumbull Preschool

   
 

0029 SP/N

15,096,480

15,096,480

       
 

VT SCHOOLS

   
 

H. H. Ellis VT School

   
 

0009 VT/EA

39,350,000

39,350,000

       
 

VT SCHOOLS

   
 

J. M. Wright VT School

   
 

0010 VT/EA

30,794,000

30,794,000

       
 

LEBANON

   
 

Lebanon Middle School

   
 

0051 EA/RR

8,500,000

5,190,950

       
 

MANCHESTER

   
 

Waddell School

   
 

0160 A/TCH

121,450

72,870

       
 

MANCHESTER

   
 

Illing Middle School

   
 

0161 A/TCH

152,440

91,464

       
 

MANCHESTER

   
 

Manchester High School

   
 

0162 A/TCH

253,335

152,001

       
 

MANCHESTER

   
 

Keeney School

   
 

0163 A/TCH

121,950

73,170

       
 

MANCHESTER

   
 

Nathan Hale School

   
 

0164 A/TCH

124,940

74,964

       
 

MANCHESTER

   
 

Buckley School

   
 

0165 A/TCH

135,945

81,567

       
 

MANCHESTER

   
 

Bentley Alternative Education

   
 

0166 A/TCH

106,955

64,173

       
 

MANCHESTER

   
 

Bennet Middle School

   
 

0167 A/TCH

151,940

91,164

       
 

MANCHESTER

   
 

Washington School

   
 

0168 A/TCH

215,325

129,195

       
 

MANCHESTER

   
 

Bowers School

   
 

0169 A/TCH

135,945

81,567

       
 

MANCHESTER

   
 

Verplanck School

   
 

0170 A/TCH

147,940

88,764

       
 

MANCHESTER

   
 

Robertson School

   
 

0171 A/TCH

132,460

79,476

       
 

MANCHESTER

   
 

Martin School

   
 

0172 A/TCH

122,950

73,770

       
 

MANCHESTER

   
 

Highland Park School

   
 

0173 A/TCH

121,950

73,170

       
 

MANCHESTER

   
 

Manchester Regional Academy

   
 

0174 A/TCH

105,965

63,579

       
 

MANCHESTER

   
 

Illing Middle School

   
 

0179 EA/CV

13,938,714

8,363,228

       
 

MANCHESTER

   
 

Martin School

   
 

0180 E/CV

1,374,230

824,538

       
 

MANCHESTER

   
 

Manchester High School

   
 

9181 A/CV

10,722,937

6,433,762

       
 

NEW FAIRFIELD

   
 

Consolidated School

   
 

0038 A/TCH

136,833

48,863

       
 

NEW HAVEN

   
 

Christopher Columbus School

   
 

0348 EA/RR

15,269,961

12,160,997

       
 

NEW HAVEN

   
 

Sheridan Middle School

   
 

0349 A/RR

23,793,602

18,949,225

       
 

NEWINGTON

   
 

Newington High School

   
 

0085 A/CV

4,000,000

2,185,600

       
 

NEWINGTON

   
 

Elizabeth Green School

   
 

0086 EA

14,000,000

7,649,600

       
 

NEWINGTON

   
 

John Wallace Middle School

   
 

0087 EA

500,000

273,200

       
 

NEWINGTON

   
 

John Wallace Middle School

   
 

0088 A/CV

400,000

218,560

       
 

NEWINGTON

   
 

Ruth Chaffee School

   
 

089 EA/RR

15,000,000

8,196,000

       
 

NEWINGTON

   
 

Martin Kellogg Middle School

   
 

0090 A/CV

500,000

273,200

       
 

NEWINGTON

   
 

Martin Kellogg Middle School

   
 

0091 EA

500,000

273,200

       
 

PLYMOUTH

   
 

Harry S. Fisher School

   
 

0051 A

1,600,000

1,148,640

       
 

SHELTON

   
 

Booth Hill School

   
 

0078 EA

4,596,900

1,887,947

       
 

SHELTON

   
 

Shelton High School

   
 

0079 EA/RR

25,087,200

10,303,313

       
 

STAMFORD

   
 

Dolan School

   
 

0236 A/TCH

181,090

50,452

       
 

STAMFORD

   
 

Turn of River School

   
 

0237 A/TCH

187,740

52,304

       
 

STAMFORD

   
 

Cloonan School

   
 

0240 A/TCH

143,781

40,057

       
 

STAMFORD

   
 

Springdale School

   
 

0241 A/TCH

60,200

16,772

       
 

STAMFORD

   
 

Westhill High School

   
 

0242 A/TCH

172,500

48,059

       
 

STAMFORD

   
 

Northeast School

   
 

0243 A/TCH

70,200

19,558

       
 

STAMFORD

   
 

Rippowam School

   
 

0244 A/TCH

172,500

48,059

       
 

STAMFORD

   
 

Cloonan School

   
 

0245 A/TCH

172,500

48,059

       
 

STAMFORD

   
 

Stamford High School

   
 

0246 A/TCH

172,500

48,059

       
 

STAMFORD

   
 

Stillmeadow School

   
 

0247 A/TCH

70,200

19,558

       
 

VERNON

   
 

Rockville High School Vo-Ag

   
 

0119 VE

35,600

35,600

       
 

VERNON

   
 

Lake Street School

   
 

0120 A/TCH

36,000

25,330

       
 

VERNON

   
 

Skinner Road School

   
 

0121 A/TCH

29,000

20,404

       
 

WALLINGFORD

   
 

Lyman Hall High School Vo-Ag

   
 

0146 VE

478,450

478,450

       
 

WATERFORD

   
 

Quaker Hill Elementary School

   
 

0092 EA

5,653,300

1,392,973

       
 

WATERFORD

   
 

Great Neck Elementary School

   
 

0093 EA/RR

9,024,100

2,223,538

       
 

WATERFORD

   
 

Cohanzie Elementary School

   
 

0094 EA

5,273,200

1,299,316

       
 

WATERFORD

   
 

Southwest Elementary School

   
 

0095 EA/RR

7,175,400

1,768,019

       
 

WATERFORD

   
 

Oswegatchie Elem. School

   
 

0096 EA/RR

8,054,600

1,984,653

       
 

WEST HARTFORD

   
 

Bugbee School

   
 

0197 EA

750,000

291,975

       
 

WINCHESTER

   
 

Mary P. Hinsdale School

   
 

0036 EA

575,940

396,995

       
 

WOLCOTT

   
 

Wolcott High School

   
 

0071 A

115,000

72,692

       
 

REGIONAL DISTRICT 6

   
 

Wamogo Regional Vo-Ag

   
 

0044 VE

284,737

284,737

       
 

REGIONAL DISTRICT 7

   
 

Northwestern Regional Vo-Ag

   
 

0029 VA/E

663,275

663,275

       
 

REGIONAL DISTRICT 14

   
 

Nonnewaug Regional Vo-Ag

   
 

0084 VA/E

113,700

113,700

       
 

REGIONAL DISTRICT 17

   
 

Haddam Elementary School

   
 

0042 A

121,026

60,513

       
 

GRANBY

   
 

Granby Memorial Middle School

   
 

0049 A/RR

2,337,150

1,068,311

       
 

HARTLAND

   
 

Hartland Elementary School

   
 

0013 A

50,000

27,145

       
 

MILFORD

   
 

Simon Lake School

   
 

0162 EC

525,000

232,523

       
 

MILFORD

   
 

Live Oaks School

   
 

0164 EC

525,000

232,523

       
 

NEWINGTON

   
 

New Central Administration

   
 

0093 BE/N

5,000,000

1,366,000

       
 

SHELTON

   
 

Central Admin. @ Intermed.

   
 

0077 BE/A

1,934,500

397,250

       
 

TOLLAND

   
 

Parker Memorial School

   
 

0068 EC

126,664

70,121

       
 

WESTON

   
 

Hurlbutt Elementary School

   
 

0047 EC

600,000

128,580

       
 

CES

   
 

CES Administrative Center

   
 

0031 BE/PF

6,250,000

2,522,500

(2) Previously Authorized Projects Which Have Changed Substantially in Scope or Cost

 

School District

Authorized

Requested

 

School

   
 

Project Number

   
       
 

DANBURY

   
 

Academy for International Studies

   
 

034-0124 MAG/N

   
       
 

Estimated...

   
 

Total Project Costs

$ 14,000,000

$ 17,500,000

 

Total Grant

14,000,000

17,500,000

       
 

DANBURY

   
 

Danbury High School

   
 

034-0125 EA

   
       
 

Estimated...

   
 

Total Project Costs

9,350,000

12,903,849

 

Total Grant

4,374,865

6,037,711

       
 

EAST HARTFORD

   
 

International Baccalaureate Academy

   
 

043-0223 MAG/N

   
       
 

Estimated...

   
 

Total Project Costs

13,693,357

14,193,357

 

Total Grant

13,693,457

14,193,357

       
 

FARMINGTON

   
 

Farmington High School

   
 

052-0055 EC

   
       
 

Estimated...

   
 

Total Project Costs

284,000

404,000

 

Total Grant

81,139

115,423

       
 

GROTON

   
 

New Eastern Point Elementary

   
 

059-0168 N

   
       
 

Estimated...

   
 

Total Project Costs

18,676,000

21,664,000

 

Total Grant

13,286,106

15,411,770

       
 

GUILFORD

   
 

New Middle School

   
 

060-0086 N

   
       
 

Estimated...

   
 

Total Project Costs

30,038,784

41,595,000

 

Total Grant

10,084,020

13,963,442

       
 

MANCHESTER

   
 

New Manchester High School

   
 

077-0158 N

   
       
 

Estimated...

   
 

Total Project Costs

126,610,445

33,476,967

 

Total Grant

82,296,789

21,760,029

       
 

NORWALK

   
 

Brookside Elementary

   
 

103-0197 EA

   
       
 

Estimated...

   
 

Total Project Costs

10,363,549

14,800,000

 

Total Grant

3,589,933

5,126,720

       
 

PLAINVILLE

   
 

New Linden Street School

   
 

110-0057 N

   
       
 

Estimated...

   
 

Total Project Costs

24,278,426

21,873,909

 

Total Grant

15,174,016

13,671,193

       
 

STAMFORD

   
 

Rippowam Center

   
 

135-0203 A/CV

   
       
 

Estimated...

   
 

Total Project Costs

18,763,363

21,720,000

 

Total Grant

12,329,406

14,272,212

       
 

STAMFORD

   
 

Westhill High School (Vo-Ag)

   
 

135-0219 VA/N

   
       
 

Estimated...

   
 

Total Project Costs

9,007,038

10,341,071

 

Total Grant

9,007,038

10,341,071

       
 

STONINGTON

   
 

Stonington High School

   
 

137-0046 EA/RR

   
       
 

Estimated...

   
 

Total Project Costs

24,000,000

39,683,730

 

Total Grant

8,743,200

14,456,783

       
 

THOMASTON

   
 

Thomaston High School

   
 

140-0034 EA

   
       
 

Estimated...

   
 

Total Project Costs

35,083,911

11,655,425

 

Total Grant

21,552,047

7,159,928

       
 

TRUMBULL

   
 

New Trumbull Elementary

   
 

144-0095 N

   
       
 

Estimated...

   
 

Total Project Costs

28,225,000

33,180,000

 

Total Grant

8,972,728

10,547,922

       
 

WESTON

   
 

New Intermediate School

   
 

157-0042 N

   
       
 

Estimated...

   
 

Total Project Costs

23,397,232

28,070,000

 

Total Grant

5,014,027

6,015,401

       
 

WESTON

   
 

Weston High School

   
 

157-0043 EA/RR

   
       
 

Estimated...

   
 

Total Project Costs

35,809,991

38,103,480

 

Total Grant

7,674,081

8,165,576

       
 

REGIONAL DISTRICT #9

   
 

Joel Barlow High School

   
 

209-0009 EA

   
       
 

Estimated...

   
 

Total Project Costs

27,216,932

33,066,768

 

Total Grant

7,582,637

9,212,402

       
 

ACES

   
 

Collaborative Alternative

   
 

Magnet School

   
 

244-0026 MAG

   
       
 

Estimated...

   
 

Total Project Costs

6,335,785

6,561,818

 

Total Grant

6,335,785

6,561,818

       
 

ACES

   
 

Magnet Center for the Arts

   
 

244-0027 MAG/P

   
       
 

Estimated...

   
 

Total Project Costs

10,216,675

10,522,250

 

Total Grant

10,216,675

10,522,250

       
 

LEARN

   
 

Mago Point Marine

   
 

Science/Aquaculture Magnet

   
 

245-0087 MAG/N

   
       
 

Estimated...

   
 

Total Project Costs

12,393,562

24,928,074

 

Total Grant

12,393,562

24,928,074

       
 

WALLINGFORD

   
 

Moses Y. Beach Elementary School

   
 

148-0134 EA

   
       
 

Estimated...

   
 

Total Project Costs

6,196,554

6,409,000

 

Total Grant

3,341,802

3,456,374

       
 

WALLINGFORD

   
 

Cook Hill Elementary School

   
 

148-0135 EA

   
       
 

Estimated...

   
 

Total Project Costs

2,472,012

5,068,000

 

Total Grant

1,333,156

2,733,172

       
 

WALLINGFORD

   
 

Highland Elementary School

   
 

148-0136 EA

   
       
 

Estimated...

   
 

Total Project Costs

2,721,600

5,354,000

 

Total Grant

1,467,759

2,887,412

       
 

WALLINGFORD

   
 

Parker Farms Elementary School

   
 

148-0137 EA

   
       
 

Estimated...

   
 

Total Project Costs

2,226,312

3,370,000

 

Total Grant

1,200,650

1,817,441

       
 

WALLINGFORD

   
 

Pond Hill Elementary School

   
 

148-0138 EA

   
       
 

Estimated...

   
 

Total Project Costs

1,967,080

3,876,000

 

Total Grant

1,060,846

2,090,327

       
 

WALLINGFORD

   
 

Rock Hill Elementary School

   
 

148-0139 EA

   
       
 

Estimated...

   
 

Total Project Costs

2,894,400

5,290,000

 

Total Grant

1,560,950

2,852,897

       
 

WALLINGFORD

   
 

Stevens Elementary School

   
 

148-0140 EA

   
       
 

Estimated...

   
 

Total Project Costs

2,414,600

4,784,000

 

Total Grant

1,302,194

2,580,011

       
 

WALLINGFORD

   
 

Lyman Hall High School

   
 

148-0141 EA

   
       
 

Estimated...

   
 

Total Project Costs

9,283,140

13,249,000

 

Total Grant

5,006,397

7,145,186

       
 

WALLINGFORD

   
 

Mark T. Sheehan High School

   
 

148-0142 EA

   
       
 

Estimated...

   
 

Total Project Costs

5,724,540

10,063,000

 

Total Grant

3,087,244

5,426,976

       
 

WALLINGFORD

   
 

James J. Moran Middle School

   
 

148-0143 EA

   
       
 

Estimated...

   
 

Total Project Costs

2,031,631

2,111,000

 

Total Grant

1,095,659

1,138,462

       
 

WALLINGFORD

   
 

Dag Hammarskjold Middle School

   
 

148-0144 A

   
       
 

Estimated...

   
 

Total Project Costs

2,175,174

2,554,000

 

Total Grant

1,173,071

1,377,372

       
 

TORRINGTON

   
 

Torringford School

   
 

143-0056 EA

   
       
 

Estimated...

   
 

Total Project Costs

21,763,140

25,735,189

 

Total Grant

15,155,850

17,921,985

       
 

NORWICH

   
 

Norwich Regional Special Education

   
 

Facility

   
 

104-0100 SPRNV

   
       
 

Estimated...

   
 

Total Project Costs

1,550,000

2,055,000

 

Total Grant

1,550,000

2,055,000

       
 

NEW FAIRFIELD

   
 

New Fairfield Consolidated Project

   
 

091-0031 EA/RR

   
       
 

Estimated...

   
 

Total Project Costs

7,440,000

9,690,000

 

Total Grant

2,763,216

3,598,866

Sec. 2. (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 10-292 of the general statutes or any regulation adopted by the State Board of Education requiring that a bid not be let out until plans and specifications have been approved by the Department of Education's school facilities unit, the town of Darien may let out for bid on and commence a project for the removal of floor tiles containing asbestos (Project Number 035-108 CV) at Ox Ridge Elementary School and shall be eligible to subsequently be considered for a grant commitment from the state, provided plans and specifications have been approved by the Department of Education's school facilities unit.

Sec. 3. (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 10-292 of the general statutes or any regulation adopted by the State Board of Education requiring that a bid not be let out until plans and specifications have been approved by the Department of Education's school facilities unit, the town of South Windsor may let out for bid on and commence a project for asbestos abatement (Project Number 132-072 CV) at Orchard Hill Elementary School and shall be eligible to subsequently be considered for a grant commitment from the state, provided plans and specifications have been approved by the Department of Education's school facilities unit.

Sec. 4. (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 10-292 of the general statutes or any regulation adopted by the State Board of Education requiring that a bid not be let out until plans and specifications have been approved by the Department of Education's school facilities unit, the town of Plainville may let out for bid on and commence a project for asbestos abatement (Project Number 110-056 CV) at Louis Toffolon School and shall be eligible to subsequently be considered for a grant commitment from the state, provided plans and specifications have been approved by the Department of Education's school facilities unit.

Sec. 5. (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 10-283 and 10-284 of the general statutes or any regulations adopted by the State Board of Education requiring that local legislative authorizations be obtained within one year after the authorization by the General Assembly of a grant commitment or requiring that the town begin constructing within two years after the effective date of the act of the General Assembly authorizing the Commissioner of Education to enter into grant commitments for such projects, the town of Wallingford shall have until June 30, 2004, to authorize and until June 30, 2005, to begin construction on the projects at Moses Y. Beach Elementary School, Cook Hill Elementary, Highland Elementary School, Parker Farms Elementary School, Pond Hill Elementary School, Rock Hill Elementary School, Stevens Elementary School, Lyman Hall High School, Mark T. Sheehan High School, James J. Moran Middle School and Dag Hammarskjold Middle School (Project Numbers 148-134 EA, 148-135 EA, 148-136 EA, 148-137 EA, 148-138 EA, 148-139 EA, 148-140 EA, 148-141 EA, 148-142 EA, 148-143 EA and 148-144 A) and shall be eligible to subsequently be considered for a grant commitment from the state.

Sec. 6. (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 10-292 of the general statutes or any regulation adopted by the State Board of Education requiring that a bid not be let out until plans and specifications have been approved by the Department of Education's school facilities unit, the town of Wilton may let out for bid on and commence a project for roof replacement (Project Number TMP-161-TCSQ) at Wilton High School and shall be eligible to subsequently be considered for a grant commitment from the state, provided plans and specifications have been approved by the Department of Education's school facilities unit.

Sec. 7. (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 10-292 of the general statutes or any regulation adopted by the State Board of Education requiring that a bid not be let out until plans and specifications have been approved by the Department of Education's school facilities unit, the town of Derby may let out for bid on and commence a project for code compliance (Project Number 037-0047) at Bradley School and shall be eligible to subsequently be considered for a grant commitment from the state, provided plans and specifications have been approved by the Department of Education's school facilities unit.

Sec. 8. (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 10-292 of the general statutes or any regulation adopted by the State Board of Education requiring that a bid not be let out until plans and specifications have been approved by the Department of Education's school facilities unit, the town of New Fairfield may let out for bid on and commence a project for an extension and alteration and roof replacement (Project Number 091-0034 EA/RR) at the Meeting House School and shall be eligible to subsequently be considered for a grant commitment from the state, provided plans and specifications have been approved by the Department of Education's school facilities unit.

Sec. 9. (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 10-292 of the general statutes or any regulation adopted by the State Board of Education requiring that a bid not be let out until plans and specifications have been approved by the Department of Education's school facilities unit, the town of North Branford may let out for bid on and commence projects for code compliance (Project Numbers 099-0045 CV, 099-0046 CV and 099-0047 CV) at Stanley T. Williams School, North Branford High School and Totoket Valley Elementary School and shall be eligible to subsequently be considered for a grant commitment from the state, provided plans and specifications have been approved by the Department of Education's school facilities unit.

Sec. 10. (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 10-283 of the general statutes, or any regulation adopted by the State Board of Education requiring that the description of a project type for a school building project be made at the time of application for a school building project grant, the town of Trumbull may change the description and type of the new Trumbull pre-school at Long Hill Administration Facility project (Project Number 144-0097 N) to a pre-school extension/annex project at Middlebrook Elementary School (Project Number 144-0097 EA).

Sec. 11. (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 10-292 of the general statutes or any regulation adopted by the State Board of Education requiring that a bid not be let out until plans and specifications have been approved by the Department of Education's school facilities unit, the town of East Haven may let out for bid on and commence a project for relocatable classrooms (Project Number 044-0066 RE) at Dominick H. Ferrara Elementary School and shall be eligible to subsequently be considered for a grant commitment from the state, provided plans and specifications have been approved by the Department of Education's school facilities unit.

Sec. 12. (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 10-292 of the general statutes or any regulation adopted by the State Board of Education requiring that a bid not be let out until plans and specifications have been approved by the Department of Education's school facilities unit, the town of Stratford may let out for bid on and commence a code violation project (Project Number 138-0084 CV) at Lordship School and shall be eligible to subsequently be considered for a grant commitment from the state, provided plans and specifications have been approved by the Department of Education's school facilities unit.

Sec. 13. (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 10-283 of the general statutes, or any regulation adopted pursuant to said section, costs for site acquisition and relocation of the baseball and soccer field at Colchester Intermediate School and William J. Johnston Middle School used for the site of the new Pre K-2 school in Colchester (Project Number 028-0041 N) shall be included in the costs of the new Pre K-2 school project and the town of Colchester shall be eligible for grant assistance for such costs provided the school district meets all other provisions of chapter 173 of the general statutes and any regulation adopted by the State Board of Education pursuant to said chapter.

Sec. 14. (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 10-292 of the general statutes or any regulation adopted by the State Board of Education requiring that a bid not be let out until plans and specifications have been approved by the Department of Education's school facilities unit, the town of Fairfield may let out for bid on and commence a project for an extension and alteration (Project Number 051-0097 EA) at Fairfield High School and projects for relocatable classrooms (Project Numbers 051-0108 RE and 051-0109 RE) at Oldsfield School and Fairfield High School and shall be eligible to subsequently be considered for a grant commitment from the state, provided plans and specifications have been approved by the Department of Education's school facilities unit.

Sec. 15. (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 10-292 of the general statutes or any regulation adopted by the State Board of Education requiring that a bid not be let out until plans and specifications have been approved by the Department of Education's school facilities unit, the town of Lisbon may let out for bid on and commence a project for extension and alteration (Project Number 073-0014 EA) at Lisbon Central School and shall be eligible to subsequently be considered for a grant commitment from the state, provided plans and specifications have been approved by the Department of Education's school facilities unit.

Sec. 16. (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 10-292 of the general statutes or any regulation adopted by the State Board of Education requiring that a bid not be let out until plans and specifications have been approved by the Department of Education's school facilities unit, the town of New Haven may let out for bid on and commence a project for alteration, expansion and roof replacement (Project Number 093-0332 EA/RR) at the "Old" Betsy Ross School and shall be eligible to subsequently be considered for a grant commitment from the state, provided plans and specifications have been approved by the Department of Education's school facilities unit.

Sec. 17. (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 10-292 of the general statutes or any regulation adopted by the State Board of Education requiring that a bid not be let out until plans and specifications have been approved by the Department of Education's school facilities unit, the town of Stafford may let out for bid on and commence a project for a relocatable classroom (Project Number 134-0045 RE) at Staffordville School and shall be eligible to subsequently be considered for a grant commitment from the state, provided plans and specifications have been approved by the Department of Education's school facilities unit.

Sec. 18. (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 10-283 of the general statutes, or any regulation adopted by the State Board of Education pursuant to said section 10-283, the project for the Greater Hartford Classical Magnet School to be constructed to fulfill the provisions of the settlement agreement in the action of Milo Sheff, et al. v. William A. O'Neill, et al. , dated January 22, 2003, is included in section 1 of this act and shall be eligible to be subsequently considered for a grant commitment from the state not to exceed $ 32,000,000, provided Hartford has filed an application for such school building project prior to June 30, 2003, and meets all other provisions of section 10-264h of the general statutes and chapter 173 of the general statutes and any regulations adopted by the State Board of Education pursuant to subsection (a) of said section 10-264h.

Sec. 19. (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 10-283 of the general statutes, or any regulation adopted by the State Board of Education pursuant to said section 10-283, the project for the Pathways to Technology Magnet School to be constructed to fulfill the provisions of the settlement agreement in the action of Milo Sheff, et al. v. William A. O'Neill, et al. , dated January 22, 2003, is included in section 1 of this act and shall be eligible to be subsequently considered for a grant commitment from the state not to exceed $ 29,681,093, provided Hartford has filed an application for such school building project prior to June 30, 2003, and meets all other provisions of section 10-264h of the general statutes and chapter 173 of the general statutes and any regulations adopted by the State Board of Education pursuant to subsection (a) of said section 10-264h.

Sec. 20. Section 10-287d of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

For the purposes of funding (1) grants to projects that have received approval of the State Board of Education pursuant to sections 10-287 and 10-287a, subsection (a) of section 10-65 and section 10-76e, (2) grants to assist school building projects to remedy safety and health violations and damage from fire and catastrophe, and (3) regional vocational-technical school projects pursuant to section 10-283b, the State Treasurer is authorized and directed, subject to and in accordance with the provisions of section 3-20, to issue bonds of the state from time to time in one or more series in an aggregate amount not exceeding three billion [one hundred eight] five hundred forty-six million three hundred sixty thousand dollars, provided [twenty] four hundred fifty-eight million dollars of said authorization shall be effective July 1, 2003. Bonds of each series shall bear such date or dates and mature at such time or times not exceeding thirty years from their respective dates and be subject to such redemption privileges, with or without premium, as may be fixed by the State Bond Commission. They shall be sold at not less than par and accrued interest and the full faith and credit of the state is pledged for the payment of the interest thereon and the principal thereof as the same shall become due, and accordingly and as part of the contract of the state with the holders of said bonds, appropriation of all amounts necessary for punctual payment of such principal and interest is hereby made, and the State Treasurer shall pay such principal and interest as the same become due. The State Treasurer is authorized to invest temporarily in direct obligations of the United States, United State agency obligations, certificates of deposit, commercial paper or bank acceptances such portion of the proceeds of such bonds or of any notes issued in anticipation thereof as may be deemed available for such purpose.

Sec. 21. Section 10-292k of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

For purposes of funding interest subsidy grants, except for interest subsidy grants made pursuant to subsection (b) of section 10-292m, the State Treasurer is authorized and directed, subject to and in accordance with the provisions of section 3-20, to issue bonds of the state from time to time in one or more series in an aggregate amount not exceeding [one hundred seventy-one] one hundred ninety-eight million one hundred thousand dollars, provided [fifty] twenty-seven million dollars of said authorization shall be effective July 1, [2002] 2003. Bonds of each series shall bear such date or dates and mature at such time or times not exceeding thirty years from their respective dates and be subject to such redemption privileges, with or without premium, as may be fixed by the State Bond Commission. They shall be sold at not less than par and accrued interest and the full faith and credit of the state is pledged for the payment of the interest thereon and the principal thereof as the same shall become due, and accordingly and as part of the contract of the state with the holders of said bonds, appropriation of all amounts necessary for punctual payment of such principal and interest is hereby made, and the State Treasurer shall pay such principal and interest as the same become due. The State Treasurer is authorized to invest temporarily in direct obligations of the United States, United States agency obligations, certificates of deposit, commercial paper or bank acceptances, such portion of the proceeds of such bonds or of any notes issued in anticipation thereof as may be deemed available for such purpose.

Sec. 22. (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 10-292 of the general statutes or any regulation adopted by the State Board of Education requiring that a bid not be let out until plans and specifications have been approved by the Department of Education's school facilities unit, the town of Naugatuck may let out for bid on and commence a project for science lab alterations/code violations (Project Number TMP-088-BHFW) at Naugatuck High School and shall be eligible to subsequently be considered for a grant commitment from the state, provided plans and specifications have been approved by the Department of Education's school facilities unit.

Sec. 23. (NEW) (Effective from passage) Any reimbursement request involving the settlement of claims, including, but not limited to, delay claims and settlement of litigation, arising out of the construction of Rotella School in Waterbury may be paid out of funds authorized for the construction of said school under special act 01-12, if such settlement is deemed by the Waterbury Financial Planning and Assistance Board, created under special act 01-1, to be in the best interests of the town of Waterbury and the state.

Sec. 24. Section 10-66hh of the general statutes, as amended by section 50 of public act 03-76, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

For the fiscal years ending June 30, 2002, [and] June 30, 2003, and June 30, 2004, the Commissioner of Education shall establish, within available appropriations and bond authorizations, a grant program to assist state charter schools in financing (1) school building projects, as defined in section 10-282, (2) general improvements to school buildings, as defined in subsection (a) of section 10-265h, and (3) repayment of debt incurred for prior school building projects. Eligibility for such grants shall be limited to state charter schools whose charters were renewed in the [prior] fiscal [year] years ending June 30, 2001, June 30, 2002, and June 30, 2003, pursuant to subsection (g) of section 10-66bb. The governing authorities of such state charter schools may apply for such grants to the Department of Education at such time and in such manner as the commissioner prescribes. Each state charter school may receive no more than one grant under this section and no grant under this section shall exceed five hundred thousand dollars.

Sec. 25. (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 10-292 of the general statutes or any regulation adopted by the State Board of Education requiring that a bid not be let out until plans and specifications have been approved by the Department of Education's school facilities unit, the town of Fairfield may let out for bid on and commence projects for roof replacement (Project Number 051-0110 RR) at Tomlinson Middle School and (Project Number 051-0111 RR) at Jennings School and shall be eligible to subsequently be considered for a grant commitment from the state, provided plans and specifications have been approved by the Department of Education's school facilities unit.

Approved September 10, 2003