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OLR Research Report


March 30, 2011

 

2011-R-0164

EDUCATION COMMITTEE BILL REPORTED TO FINANCE

By: Judith Lohman, Assistant Director

sSB 1102 - AN ACT CONCERNING THE AUTHORIZATION OF STATE GRANT COMMITMENTS FOR SCHOOL BUILDING PROJECTS AND CONCERNING CHANGES TO THE STATUTES CONCERNING SCHOOL BUILDING PROJECTS

This bill authorizes $284.9 million in grant commitments for 22 local school construction, vocational agriculture (vo-ag), and interdistrict magnet school projects. It also reauthorizes and changes grant commitments for five previously authorized projects with significant changes in cost and scope. Three are being reauthorized for the first time and two for the second. (By law, districts are limited to two reauthorizations.) Of the five reauthorizations, two are reauthorized at reduced, and three at increased, cost. The total net increase in grant commitments for the reauthorizations is $1.85 million.

The bill also creates a seven-member School Building Projects Advisory Council. It requires the council to (1) develop model blueprints for new school building projects, (2) carry out studies and analyses, and (3) recommend improvements in school construction processes to the State Board of Education.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage for the school project authorizations and reauthorizations; July 1, 2011 for the School Building Advisory Council.

1 - SCHOOL PROJECTS

New Authorizations

Table 1: New School Construction Projects Authorized

District

School

Project

Estimated Cost

Estimated Grant

State

Reimbursement

Bridgeport

Black Rock

School

Extension & alteration/site purchase

$12,000,000

$9,385,200

78.21%

Bridgeport

Harding High School

New school

78,254,163

61,202,581

78.21%

Bridgeport

Central High School

Extension & alteration

73,418,940

57,420,953

78.21%

Bridgeport

Dunbar School

Alteration/energy conservation

8,807,099

6,888,032

78.21%

Capitol Region Education Council (CREC)

CREC Academy of Aerospace

New magnet school/ site purchase

67,393,000

64,023,350

95.0%

CREC

CREC Discovery Academy

New magnet school/ site purchase

31,975,000

30,376,250

95.0%

CREC

CREC Museum Academy

New magnet school/ site purchase

31,961,000

30,362,950

95.0%

Cheshire

Cheshire High School

Energy conservation

209,101

90,353

43.21%

Cheshire

Norton School

Energy conservation

500,000

205,350

41.07%

Connecticut Science Center

Connecticut Science Center

Alteration/energy conservation/ interdistrict magnet school

1,500,000

1,425,500

95.0%

Fairfield

Fairfield Woods Middle School

Extension & alteration

24,453,000

6,374,897

26.07%

Milford

Pumpkin Delight School

Code violation

500,000

194,650

38.93%

Milford

Jonathan Law High School

Extension & alteration/energy conservation

5,500,000

2,141,150

38.93%

Milford

Joseph A. Foran High School

Extension & alteration/energy conservation

10,400,000

4,048,720

38.93%

New Britain

Diloreto Magnet School

Extension & alteration

10,000,000

7,929,000

79.29%

Oxford

Great Oak Middle School

Alteration/energy conservation

910,791

465,141

51.07%

Region 4

John Winthrop Middle School

Energy conservation

994,000

426,028

42.86%

Region 14

Nonnewaug High School

Vo-ag center alteration

192,500

182,875

95.0%

Region 19

E.O. Smith High School

Vo-ag center equipment

590,062

560,559

95.0%

Stratford

Bunnell High School

Alteration/code violation

1,357,000

654,210

48.21%

Weston

Weston High School

Energy conservation

1,175,460

251,901

21.43%

Weston

Weston Middle School

Energy conservation/code violation

1,395,150

298,981

21.43%

Reauthorized Projects

Table 2 lists the five projects proposed for reauthorization because of significant (more than 10%) change in cost or scope.

Table 2: Reauthorization of Previously Authorized Projects

District

School

Project

Current Grant Authorization

Proposed Grant Authorization

Change

FIRST REAUTHORIZATION

Cromwell

Cromwell Middle School

Alteration/ energy conservation

$1,248,987

$622,212

($626,775)

Cromwell

Edna Stevens School

Alteration/ energy conservation

1,873,734

507,607

(1,366,127)

Waterbury

Waterbury Career Academy

New school

50,163,802

53,576,883

3,413,081

SECOND REAUTHORIZATION

Montville

Leonard J. Tyl School

Energy conservation/code violation

$676,947

$887,461

$210,514

West Hartford

King Philip Middle School

Alteration

589,960

808,072

218,112

2 – SCHOOL BUILDING PROJECTS ADVISORY COUNCIL

Under the bill, the council members are:

1. the Office of Policy and Management (OPM) secretary or the secretary's designee;

2. the commissioners of Administrative Services and Public Works or their designees;

3. three members appointed by the governor, one of whom must have school construction experience; and

4. a representative of the State Department of Education's school facilities unit, who must serve as council chairperson.

The bill requires the council to meet at least four times annually.

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