Substitute Senate Bill No. 352
          Substitute Senate Bill No. 352

              PUBLIC ACT NO. 98-249


AN  ACT  CONCERNING  AUTHORIZATION  OF STATE GRANT
COMMITMENTS FOR SCHOOL BUILDING PROJECTS.


    Be it enacted  by  the  Senate  and  House  of
Representatives in General Assembly convened:
    Section  1.  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, 1996, 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, 1998, as follows:

         (a)  Estimated Grant Commitments

Town                Estimated Total     Estimated
School              Project Costs       Grant
Project Number

CHESHIRE
Cheshire High
School
086 EA/CV             5,800,000         2,299,120

CROMWELL
Cromwell
Elementary School
039 N                14,340,000         7,426,686

CROMWELL
Cromwell
Middle School
040 EA/RR             5,515,000         2,856,219

CROMWELL
Cromwell High
School
041 EA/RR            11,110,000         5,753,869

CROMWELL
Edna C. Stevens
School
042 A/RR              4,162,000         2,155,500

DARIEN
Middlesex Jr.
High School
104 EA               27,025,000         5,502,290

EASTON
Samuel Staples
Elementary
School
016 A                    85,000            20,647

GLASTONBURY
Gideon Welles
School
088 A                 4,250,000         1,426,725

GLASTONBURY
New Middle
School
089 N                33,985,000        11,408,765

GRANBY
Granby Memorial
High School
042 EA/RR            16,354,405         7,184,490

GREENWICH
Eastern Middle
School
105 EA                4,071,843           814,369

GREENWICH
Central Middle
School
106 EA                4,318,162           863,632

GREENWICH
Dundee School
107 A/RR              2,700,000           540,000

HEBRON
Hebron Elementary
School
029 EA                6,375,000         3,597,413

HEBRON
Gilead Hill
School
030 EA                6,445,951         3,637,450

MADISON
J. Milton
Jeffrey School
051 EA                2,071,600           599,314

MADISON
Academy Elementary
School
052 EA                3,927,400         1,136,197

MADISON
Kathleen H.
Ryerson School
053 EA                3,395,700           982,376

MADISON
Island Avenue
School
054 A                 1,687,900           488,309

MADISON
Daniel Hand
High School
055 EA               30,150,600         8,722,569

MADISON
Brown Middle
School
056 EA                9,941,400         2,876,047

MANCHESTER
Manchester
High School
125 E/CV                415,171           257,987

NEW HAVEN
Fair Haven
Middle School
319 A/RR             27,000,000        21,213,900

NEWINGTON
John Paterson
Elementary
School
061 EA                3,000,000         1,564,200

NEWINGTON
Anna Reynolds
Elementary School
062 EA                4,000,000         2,085,600

NEWINGTON
Martin Kellogg
Middle School
063 EA                4,500,000         2,346,300

NEWINGTON
John Wallace
Middle School
064 EA                5,500,000         2,867,700

NEWINGTON
John Paterson
Elementary
School
065 RE                  100,000            52,140

OXFORD
Oxford Center
School
021 EA/RR             9,050,000         4,557,580

STAMFORD
Westover
Elementary School
196 RE                  595,375           174,385

STAMFORD
Bank Street Program
at Toquam
198 RE                   89,000            26,068

STAMFORD
Turn of the
River School
199 RE                  365,000           106,909

STAMFORD
Rippowam Center
203 A/CV             18,763,363         5,495,789

STAMFORD
New Intra-District
Magnet School
204 P/EA             28,604,000         8,378,112

WALLINGFORD
Cook Hill
Elementary School
133 RE                  494,500           271,975

WESTPORT
King's Highway
Elementary School
086 RE                  250,000            52,675

WESTPORT
Greens Farms
Elementary School
087 EA               11,400,000         2,401,980

WESTPORT
Coleytown
Elementary School
088 E                 1,100,000           231,770

WOLCOTT
Wakelee School
054 RE                  130,000            79,859

WOLCOTT
Frisbie School
055 RE                  250,000           153,575

WOLCOTT
Alcott Middle
School
056 RE                  250,000           153,575

REG. DIST. #6
Wamogo High
School
038 A                 7,200,000         3,060,000

REG. DIST. #6
Wamogo Regional
Vo-Ag Center          4,208,925         4,208,925
042 VA/N

REG. DIST. #7
Northwestern
Regional School
023 EA               19,951,019         9,975,510

REG. DIST. #8
RHAM Middle
School
017 RE                  195,000           119,087

REG. DIST. #8
New High School
018N                 40,973,000        25,022,211

REG. DIST. #8
RHAM Senior
High School
019 EA/RR             9,659,000         5,898,751

REG. DIST. #14
Nonnewaug High
Vo-Ag Center
082 VE                  438,785           438,785

REG. DIST. #18
Middle/Center
School Complex
029 EA/RR            13,800,000         5,027,340

REG. DIST. #18
Lyme Consolidated
School
030 EA                3,300,000         1,202,190

REG. DIST. #18
Mile Creek School
031 EA                3,300,000         1,202,190

REG. DIST. #18
Lyme/Old Lyme High
School
032 A                 3,300,000         1,202,190

GILBERT SCHOOL
Gilbert School
011 EA               10,500,000         7,350,000

EAST GRANBY
East Granby
Middle School
025 EA/EC               865,000           302,750

EAST HARTFORD
Silver Lane
School
214 EA                1,275,000           819,698

EAST HAVEN
East Haven High
School
062 A                 1,537,800         1,103,987

GREENWICH
Greenwich High
School
104 A/EC             25,822,533         5,164,507

HAMDEN
Wintergreen School
077 EA               14,495,000         8,541,904

HEBRON
Hebron Elementary
School
027 A                    40,000            22,572

LEBANON
Lyman Memorial
Vo-Ag Center
046 VE                  177,010           177,010

LEDYARD
Juliet W. Long
School
061 EA               12,000,000         7,585,200

MANSFIELD
Mansfield Middle
School
055 EA                4,000,000         3,185,600

MIDDLETOWN
Middletown High
Vo-Ag Center
101 VA/E                305,223           305,223

MONTVILLE
Mohegan Elementary
School
076 A/TCH                83,720            53,522

MONTVILLE
Oakdale Elementary
School
077 A/TCH                76,280            48,766

MONTVILLE
C.E. Murphy
Elementary School
078 A/TCH                90,580            57,908

NEWINGTON
Newington High
School
066 A                 3,000,000         1,564,200

NEWINGTON
Elizabeth Green
Elementary School
068 A/TCH               200,000           104,280

NEWINGTON
Anna Reynolds
Elementary School
069 A/TCH               200,000           104,280

NEWINGTON
Ruth Chaffee
Elementary School
070 A/TCH               200,000           104,280

NEWINGTON
John Paterson
Elementary School
071 A/TCH               200,000           104,280

NEWINGTON
Martin Kellogg
Middle School
072 A/TCH               300,000           156,420

NEWINGTON
John Wallace
Middle School
073 A/TCH               300,000           156,420

NEWINGTON
Newington High
School
074 A/TCH               600,000           312,840

NEW LONDON
New London
High School
065 A/TCH               421,464           326,635

NEW LONDON
Bennie Dover
Jackson Middle
School
066 A/TCH                96,653            74,906

NEW LONDON
Winthrop School
067 A/TCH               126,216            97,817

NEW LONDON
Nathan Hale School
068 A/TCH               133,170           103,207

NEW LONDON
Harbor School
069 A/TCH               169,338           131,237

NEW LONDON
Jennings School
070 A/TCH               170,401           132,061

NEW LONDON
Edgerton School
071 A/TCH               166,613           129,125

REDDING
John Read Middle
School
019 EA/CV             4,100,000           937,260

SOUTHINGTON
Southington Regional
Vo-Ag Center             51,900            51,900
108 VE

TOLLAND
Tolland High School
053 A/TCH                27,500            15,224

VERNON
Rockville High
Vo-Ag Center
110 VE                  105,000           105,000

WATERFORD
Cohanzie Elementary
School
072 A/TCH               114,400            25,328

WATERFORD
Great Neck
Elementary School
073 A/TCH               109,400            24,221

WATERFORD
Oswegatchie
Elementary School
074 A/TCH               103,900            23,003

WATERFORD
Quaker Hill
Elementary School
075 A/TCH                98,900            21,896

WATERFORD
Southwest
Elementary School
076 A/TCH               105,900            23,446

WATERFORD
Clark Lane
Middle School
077 A/TCH               211,300            46,782

WATERFORD
Waterford High
School
078 A/TCH               325,300            72,021

WEST HARTFORD
Hall High School
171 EA               11,000,000         3,967,700

REG. DIST. #6
Warren Elementary
School
039 EA                1,100,000           467,500

REG. DIST. #6
James Morris
School
040 EA                2,900,000         1,232,500

REG. DIST. #6
Goshen Center
School
041 EA                2,400,000         1,020,000

EDUC. CONNECTION
Central
Administration
011 BE/A              4,000,000         1,814,400

BETHEL
Ralph M.T. Johnson
School
045 RR                  382,808           172,264

BETHEL
Bethel High
School
046 RR                  744,479           335,016

CROMWELL
Edna C. Stevens
School
032 EC                   30,000            15,537

CROMWELL
Cromwell Middle
School
033 EC                   25,000            12,948

CROMWELL
Cromwell High
School
034 EC                   30,000            15,537

CROMWELL
Edna C. Stevens
School
035 EC                  100,000            51,790

EASTFORD
Eastford
Elementary School
009 RR                   21,596            14,886

EAST HARTFORD
Hockanum Elementary
School
215 RR                  525,000           337,523

EAST HARTFORD
Willowbrook School
216 RR                  350,000           225,015

EAST WINDSOR
East Windsor Jr./Sr.
High School
029 RR                1,000,000           628,600

FAIRFIELD
Mill Hill
Elementary School
094 RR                  283,200            80,910

FARMINGTON
Union Elementary
School
050 RR                  277,500            77,312

FARMINGTON
West District
Elementary School
051 RR                  100,000            27,860

GRANBY
Central
Administration
041 BE/A                923,380           202,820

GROTON
Mary Morrison School
143 EC                   80,000            55,712

GROTON
Fitch Senior High
School
144 RR                  220,000           153,208

GROTON
William Seely School
145 EC                  280,000           194,992

HEBRON
Hebron Elementary
School
028 EC                   18,175            10,256

HEBRON
Gilead Hill School
032 EC                   12,000             6,772

LISBON
Lisbon Central School
013 RR                  203,800           152,116

MANCHESTER
Manchester Regional
Academy
124 RR                  250,000           155,350

MIDDLETOWN
Bielefield
Elementary School
102 EA/RR             4,977,508         2,702,289

NEW BRITAIN
Central
Administration
152 BE/EA             5,750,000         2,269,238

NEW CANAAN
New Canaan High
School
040 RR                1,750,000           362,425

NEWINGTON
Martin Kellogg
Middle School
067 A/RR              1,400,000           729,960

NEWINGTON
Central
Administration
075 BE/TC                75,000            19,553

NEW LONDON
Little Red
Schoolhouse
064 A/RR                175,000           135,625

NEW MILFORD
Northville
Elementary School
034 RR                  343,975           146,189

NEWTOWN
Head O' The Meadow
Elementary School
102 RR                  650,000           222,885

NORWALK
Central
Administration
194 BE/TCH              370,096            62,787

ORANGE
Peck Place School
023 E                 1,131,000           335,228

PRESTON
Preston City
Elementary School
011 RR                   82,342            59,994

PUTNAM
Putnam
Elementary School
016 RR                  319,170           243,942

PUTNAM
Putnam High School
017 RR                  538,722           411,745

RIDGEFIELD
Veterans Park
Elementary School
043 RR                  433,500           100,615

STAFFORD
Borough Elementary
School
039 RR                   55,000            38,500

STAMFORD
Stamford High
School
197 RR                  700,000           205,030

STAMFORD
Rippowam Center
200 RR                  246,120            72,089

STAMFORD
Stamford High
School
201 RR                  260,000            76,154

STAMFORD
Davenport Ridge
Elementary School
202 RR                  229,100            67,103

WATERFORD
Central
Administration
071 BE/TCH              124,500            13,782

WESTON
Hurlbutt Elementary
School
040 RR                  108,300            23,209

WILLINGTON
Hall Memorial
Elementary School
027 RR                  367,280           259,704

WILLINGTON
Center
Elementary School
028 RR                  336,336           237,823

REG. DIST. #8
Central
Administration
020 BE/A              1,245,000           380,161

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

Town                       Original      Current
School
Project Number

MIDDLETOWN, Snow School
083-096

Estimated...
 Total Project Costs         9,395,313    9,875,000
 Principal Grant             5,603,365    5,889,450
 Interest Grant              4,118,473    4,328,745
 Total Grant                 9,721,838   10,218,195

NEW FAIRFIELD, New
Fairfield Consolidated
School 091-031

Estimated...
 Total Project Costs           500,000    5,000,000
 Principal Grant               185,700    1,857,000
 Interest Grant                115,821            0
 Total Grant                   301,521    1,857,000

NEW HAVEN, Vocational
Aquaculture Program
093-291

Estimated...
 Total Project Costs         6,800,000   17,850,000
 Principal Grant             6,800,000   17,850,000
 Interest Grant                      0            0
 Total Grant                 6,800,000   17,850,000

NEW HAVEN, Edgewood
School 093-292

Estimated...
 Total Project Costs         4,500,000    8,940,000
 Principal Grant             3,551,850    7,056,342
 Interest Grant              2,070,018    4,112,435
 Total Grant                 5,621,868   11,168,777

NEW HAVEN, Wexler
School 093-314

Estimated...
 Total Project Costs         8,250,000   13,900,000
 Principal Grant             6,482,025   10,921,230
 Interest Grant              4,063,257    6,845,972
 Total Grant                10,545,282   17,767,202

NEW HAVEN, Conte
School 093-315

Estimated...
 Total Project Costs         9,300,000   15,850,000
 Principal Grant             7,307,010   12,453,345
 Interest Grant              4,580,399    7,806,379
 Total Grant                11,887,409   20,259,724

NEW HAVEN, Lincoln-
Bassett School 093-316

Estimated...
 Total Project Costs         6,800,000   12,200,000
 Principal Grant             5,342,760    9,585,540
 Interest Grant              3,349,109    6,008,695
 Total Grant                 8,691,869   15,594,235

WESTPORT, Coleytown
Middle School 158-077

Estimated...
 Total Project Costs         1,660,000   18,000,000
 Principal Grant               349,762    3,792,600
 Interest Grant                257,075    2,787,561
 Total Grant                   606,837    6,580,161

REGIONAL DIST. #14,
NONNEWAUG HIGH VO-AG
CENTER 214-069

Estimated...
 Total Project Costs         2,154,000    3,620,000
 Principal Grant             2,154,000    3,620,000
 Interest Grant                      0            0
 Total Grant                 2,154,000    3,620,000

ACES, ACES VILLAGE
SCHOOL 244-024

Estimated...
 Total Project Costs         4,698,510    6,766,875
 Principal Grant             4,698,510    6,766,875
 Interest Grant                      0            0
 Total Grant                 4,698,510    6,766,875

    Sec.  2.  Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of
section 10-283 of  the  general  statutes,  or any
regulation adopted pursuant  to  said section, the
project for renovation  at  Windsor High School in
Windsor is included  in  section 1 of this act and
shall be eligible  to  be  subsequently considered
for a grant  commitment  from  the state, provided
the school district  files an application for such
school building project  prior  to  June 30, 1998,
and 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.  3.  Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of
section 10-283 of  the  general  statutes,  or any
regulation adopted pursuant  to  said section, the
projects  for  alteration   at   Wisconier  Middle
School, roof replacement  and  energy conservation
at   Brookfield   High   School   and   technology
infrastructure   at   Wisconier   Middle   School,
Brookfield High School,  Center  Elementary School
and Huckleberry Elementary  School  in  Brookfield
are included in section 1 of this act and shall be
eligible to be subsequently considered for a grant
commitment from the  state,  provided  the  school
district  files an  application  for  such  school
building project prior to June 30, 1998, and 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.  4.  Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of
chapter  173  of  the  general  statutes  and  any
regulations  adopted  by   the   State   Board  of
Education pursuant to said chapter requiring roofs
to   be  replaced   rather   than   repaired   for
eligibility for a  school  building project grant,
the  city  of   Ansonia   shall  be  eligible  for
reimbursement for repair  of  the roofs at Ansonia
High School (Project  Number  002-036RR),  John G.
Prendergast  School  (Project  Number  002-038RR),
Minnie   E.   Willis    School   (Project   Number
002-039RR),  Georgianna E.  Peck  School  (Project
Number 002-040RR), John  C.  Mead  School (Project
Number 002-041RR), Lincoln-Hayes  School  (Project
Number 002-042RR).
    Sec.  5.  Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of
section 10-283 of  the  general  statutes,  or any
regulation adopted pursuant  to  said section, the
project for extension  at  Kelly Lane Intermediate
School  (Project Number  056-043E)  in  Granby  is
included in section  1  of  this  act and shall be
eligible to be subsequently considered for a grant
commitment from the  state,  provided  the  school
district  files an  application  for  such  school
building project prior to June 30, 1998, and 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.  6.  Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of
section 10-283 of  the  general  statutes,  or any
regulation adopted pursuant  to  said section, the
project for roof  replacement  at Eli Terry School
in South Windsor  is included in section 1 of this
act  and shall  be  eligible  to  be  subsequently
considered for a  grant commitment from the state,
provided the school  district files an application
for such school building project prior to June 30,
1998, and 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.  7.  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 of 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 New Hartford shall have until June 30, 1999, to
authorize  and  until  June  30,  2000,  to  begin
construction  on  a  new  school  (Project  Number
092-87-014N) or extension  and  alteration  to the
New  Hartford  Elementary  or  Bakerville  Schools
(Project Numbers 092-022E,  092-021E) and shall be
eligible to subsequently be considered for a grant
commitment from the state.
    Sec.  8.  Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of
section 10-283 of  the  general  statutes  and any
regulation adopted by the State Board of Education
requiring that the  scope  of  a  school  building
project be set  at  the  time of application for a
school building project  grant,  the  town  of New
Hartford may change  the  scope of the project for
construction  of  a  new  school  (Project  Number
092-87-014N) or the  extension  and  alteration to
the New Hartford  Elementary or Bakerville Schools
(Project  Numbers  092-022E,   092-021E)   to  add
additional classrooms.
    Sec.  9.  Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of
chapter  173  of  the  general  statutes  and  any
regulations  adopted  by   the   State   Board  of
Education pursuant to said chapter requiring roofs
to   be  replaced   rather   than   repaired   for
eligibility for a  school  building project grant,
the  town of  New  Haven  shall  be  eligible  for
reimbursement for repair  of  the roof of Sheridan
Middle School.
    Sec.  10. Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of
section 10-286 of  the  general  statutes  and any
regulations  adopted  by   the   State   Board  of
Education pursuant to said chapter limiting school
building  project  grants   for  roof  replacement
projects to roofs  that  are at least twenty years
old, the town  of  New Haven shall be eligible for
reimbursement for replacement of the roof of Helen
Grant School.
    Sec.  11. Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of
chapter  173  of  the  general  statutes,  or  any
regulation adopted by the State Board of Education
pursuant to said  chapter,  requiring  roofs to be
replaced rather than  repaired for eligibility for
a school building  project  grant, the project for
roof repair at  Dwight  School  in  New  Haven  is
included in section  1  of  this  act and shall be
eligible to be subsequently considered for a grant
commitment from the  state,  provided  the  school
district  files an  application  for  such  school
building project prior to June 30, 1998, and 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.  12. Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of
section 10-283 of  the  general  statutes,  or any
regulation adopted pursuant  to  said section, the
projects  for  additional   code   compliance  and
renovation  work  related   to   maintaining   the
accreditation at Hillhouse  High School and Wilbur
Cross High School  in  New  Haven  are included in
section 1 of  this act and shall be eligible to be
subsequently  considered for  a  grant  commitment
from the state, provided the school district files
an application for  such  school  building project
prior  to June  30,  1998,  and  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.  13. Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of
section 10-283 of  the  general  statutes,  or any
regulation adopted pursuant  to  said section, the
project for extension  and  alteration  at Timothy
Dwight School in  New Haven is included in section
1  of  this  act  and  shall  be  eligible  to  be
subsequently  considered for  a  grant  commitment
from the state, provided the school district files
an application for  such  school  building project
prior  to June  30,  1998,  and  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.  Any funding
received by the  school  district from the Greater
Dwight  Development Corporation  or  other  entity
will be considered as the local contribution.
    Sec.  14. Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of
section 10-283 of  the  general  statutes,  or any
regulation adopted pursuant  to  said section, the
project  for portable  classrooms  at  the  Nathan
Hale-Ray Middle School  in the town of East Haddam
(Project Number 041-021RE)  is included in section
1  of  this  act  and  shall  be  eligible  to  be
subsequently  considered for  a  grant  commitment
from the state, provided the school district files
an application for  such  school  building project
prior  to June  30,  1998,  and  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.  15. 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 projects for  extension and alteration at
Driscoll Elementary and  Miller Elementary Schools
and  shall  be   eligible   to   subsequently   be
considered for grant  commitments  from the state,
provided  plans  and   specifications   have  been
approved by the  Department  of Education's school
facilities unit.
    Sec.  16. 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,
Regional School District 15 may let out for bid on
and commence the  roofing  project (Project Number
215-92-062RR) at the  Pomperaug  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.  17. Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of
section 10-283 of  the  general  statutes,  or any
regulation adopted pursuant  to  said section, the
projects for roof  replacements at Bristol Central
and Bristol Eastern  High  Schools  in Bristol are
included in section  1  of  this  act and shall be
eligible to be  subsequently  considered for grant
commitments from the  state,  provided  the school
district  files  applications   for   such  school
building projects prior  to  June  30,  1998,  and
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.  18. Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of
section 10-286 of  the  general  statutes  or  any
regulation adopted by the State Board of Education
limiting school building  project  grants for roof
replacement projects to  roofs  that  are at least
twenty years old,  the  town  of  Bristol shall be
eligible for grants  for roof replacement projects
for  Bristol  Central  and  Bristol  Eastern  High
Schools,  provided the  projects  meet  the  other
requirements  of  chapter   173   of  the  general
statutes.
    Sec.  19. 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,
Regional School District Number 14 may let out for
bid on and  commence  a  project  for  relocatable
classrooms (Project Number  214-068RE)  at  Miller
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.  20. 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  North Branford may expand the
scope  of the  code  violation  project  at  North
Branford  Intermediate  School   (Project   Number
099-89-37CV) to include roof replacement.
    Sec.  21. 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,
Regional School District 15 may let out for bid on
and commence a  project for relocatable classrooms
(Project Number 215-061RE) at Gainfield 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.  22. Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of
subdivision  (1)  of  subsection  (a)  of  section
10-286 of the general statutes, as amended, or any
regulation adopted by the State Board of Education
concerning  projected  enrolment   for   a  school
building  project,  the   town  of  Mansfield  may
increase the projected enrolment for the Mansfield
Middle School modular  classroom  project (Project
Number 078-054).
    Sec.  23. Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of
section 10-283 of  the  general  statutes  or  any
regulation adopted by the State Board of Education
requiring that a 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  Hamden  may change the description of
the project at  Wintergreen School (Project Number
062-077) from a  renovation  project  to  a magnet
school, provided the plan for the operation of the
magnet school is  approved  by the Commissioner of
Education in accordance  with  the  provisions  of
section 10-264h of the general statutes.
    Sec.  24. Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of
section 10-283 of  the  general  statutes,  or any
regulation adopted pursuant  to  said section, the
projects  for  relocatable   classrooms   at  Jack
Jackter   Elementary   School    (Project   Number
028-030),  William  J.   Johnston   Middle  School
(Project   Number   028-031),    and    Colchester
Intermediate School (Project  Number  028-032)  in
Colchester are included  in  section 1 of this act
and  shall  be   eligible   to   be   subsequently
considered for grant  commitments  from the state,
provided the school  district  files  applications
for such school  building  projects  prior to June
30,  1998,  and  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.  25. Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of
section 10-283 of  the  general  statutes,  or any
regulation adopted pursuant  to  said section, the
projects for purchase  and alteration of the Saint
Mary's Convent for use as an intradistrict special
education  program (Project  Number  104-084)  and
relocatable  classrooms for  Thomas  Mahan  School
(Project Number 104-085)  in  Norwich are included
in section 1  of this act and shall be eligible to
be subsequently considered  for  grant commitments
from the state, provided the school district files
applications  for such  school  building  projects
prior  to June  30,  1998,  and  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.  26. Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of
section 10-283 of  the  general  statutes  or  any
regulation adopted by the State Board of Education
requiring that the  scope  of  a  school  building
project be set  at  the  time of application for a
school building project grant, the town of Norwich
may  expand  the   scope   of  the  extension  and
alternation projects (Project  Number  104-068) at
Samuel Huntington Elementary  School  and (Project
Number 104-069) at  Bishop  Elementary  School  to
include the purchase  of  land  adjacent  to  both
schools.
    Sec.  27. 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 161-044RR) at  Miller 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.  28. 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  Groton  may  let  out  for bid on and
commence a code  violation project (Project Number
059-146CV) at Charles  Barnum  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.  29. 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  Vernon  may  let  out  for bid on and
commence a code  violation project (Project Number
146-111-CVOT) at Rockville  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.  30. Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of
section 10-283 of  the  general  statutes  or  any
regulation adopted by the State Board of Education
requiring that the  scope  of  a  school  building
project be set  at  the  time of application for a
school  building  project   grant,   the  town  of
Thompson may change  the  scope  of the project at
Thompson    Middle    School    (Project    Number
141-01-7RR/EC)   to   include    additional   roof
replacement.
    Sec.  31. Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of
section 10-286 of  the  general  statutes  or  any
regulation adopted by the State Board of Education
limiting school building  project  grants for roof
replacement to roofs  that  are  at  least  twenty
years old, the  town of Thompson shall be eligible
for  a grant  for  roof  replacement  at  Thompson
Elementary School (Project Number 141-01-7RR/EC).
    Sec.  32. Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of
section 10-283 of  the  general  statutes  or  any
regulation adopted by the State Board of Education
requiring that the  scope  of  a  school  building
project be set  at  the  time of application for a
school  building  project   grant,   the  town  of
Manchester may expand  the scope of the project at
Manchester    High    School    (Project    Number
077-125E/CV).
    Sec. 33. Section  39  of special act 89-52, as
amended by section  1  of  special  act  93-21, is
amended to read as follows:
    (a) For the  purposes  described in subsection
(b) of this  section,  the  state  bond commission
shall  have  the  power,  from  time  to  time  to
authorize the issuance  of  bonds  of the state in
one or more  series  and  in principal amounts not
exceeding  in  the   aggregate   eighteen  million
dollars.
    (b) The proceeds of the sale of said bonds, to
the extent of  the amount stated in subsection (a)
of this section,  shall  be used by the Department
of Education for  grants  to  the town and city of
Hartford for the  purpose  of  a  school  building
project for a facility for the Montessori Building
Blocks  Magnet  School   in  accordance  with  the
provisions of section  40 of special act 89-52, as
amended  by section  288  of  special  act  90-34,
section 8 of  public  act 91-5 of the June special
session and section  2  of  [this act] SPECIAL ACT
93-21, OR FOR STATE SITE REMEDIATION OF A SITE FOR
SUCH SCHOOL BUILDING PROJECT.
    (c) All provisions  of  section  3-20  of  the
general statutes, or  the exercise of any right or
power granted thereby  which  are not inconsistent
with the provisions  of  this  section  are hereby
adopted and shall apply to all bonds authorized by
the  state  bond   commission   pursuant  to  this
section, and temporary  notes  in  anticipation of
the money to  be derived from the sale of any such
bonds so authorized  may  be  issued in accordance
with said section  3-20  and  from  time  to  time
renewed. Such bonds  shall  mature at such time or
times  not  exceeding   twenty  years  from  their
respective dates as may be provided in or pursuant
to the resolution or resolutions of the state bond
commission authorizing such  bonds.  None  of said
bonds shall be authorized except upon a finding by
the state bond  commission  that  there  has  been
filed with it  a  request  for such authorization,
which is signed  by  or on behalf of the secretary
of the office  of policy and management and states
such terms and  conditions  as said commission, in
its discretion, may  require.  Said  bonds  issued
pursuant  to  this   section   shall   be  general
obligations of the  state  and  the full faith and
credit of the state of Connecticut are pledged for
the payment of  the  principal  of and interest on
said bonds as the same 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
treasurer shall pay such principal and interest as
the same become due.
    Sec.  34. Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of
section 10-283 of  the  general  statutes  or  any
regulation adopted by the State Board of Education
requiring that the  scope  of  a  school  building
project be set  at  the  time of application for a
school building project  grant,  the  town of East
Lyme may expand  the scope of the additions to the
roof project (Project Number 045-045RR) at Niantic
Center School and  (Project  Number  045-046RR) at
Flanders School.
    Sec.  35. Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of
section 10-283 of  the  general  statutes,  or any
regulation adopted pursuant  to  said section, the
project for roof  replacement  at  East  School in
Torrington is included  in  section  1 of this act
and  shall  be   eligible   to   be   subsequently
considered for a  grant commitment from the state,
provided the school  district files an application
for such school building project prior to June 30,
1998, and 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.  36. Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of
section 10-283 of  the  general  statutes  or  any
regulation adopted by the State Board of Education
requiring that the  scope  of  a  school  building
project be set  at  the  time of application for a
school  building  project   grant,   the  town  of
Westbrook may expand  the  scope of the renovation
projects  at  Westbrook  Junior  and  Senior  High
School and Daisy Ingraham Elementary School.
    Sec.  37. 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  Tolland  may  let  out for bid on and
commence a project  for  roof replacement (Project
Number 142-058RR) at Tolland 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.  38. Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of
section 10-283 of  the  general  statutes,  or any
regulation adopted pursuant  to  said section, the
projects for roof  replacement  and  alteration at
Woodstock  Elementary  School   in  Woodstock  are
included in section  1  of  this  act and shall be
eligible to be  subsequently  considered for grant
commitments from the  state,  provided  the school
district  files  applications   for   such  school
building projects prior  to  June  30,  1998,  and
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.  39. Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of
section 10-283 of  the  general  statutes,  or any
regulation adopted pursuant  to  said section, the
project for alteration  of  the  Duggan  School in
Waterbury is included in section 1 of this act and
shall be eligible  to  be  subsequently considered
for a grant  commitment  from  the state, provided
the school district  files an application for such
school building project  prior  to  June 30, 1998,
and 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.  40. Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of
section 10-283 of  the  general  statutes,  or any
regulation adopted pursuant  to  said section, the
project   for   vocational   agricultural   center
equipment  and  furnishings   at  the  AgriScience
Center in Bloomfield (Project Number 011-061VE) is
included in section  1  of  this  act and shall be
eligible to be subsequently considered for a grant
commitment from the  state,  provided  the  school
district  files an  application  for  such  school
building project prior to June 30, 1998, and 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.  41. Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of
section 10-283 of  the  general  statutes,  or any
regulation adopted pursuant  to  said section, the
projects for relocatable  classrooms  at Philip R.
Smith Elementary, Eli  Terry  Elementary,  Orchard
Hill  Elementary and  Pleasant  Valley  Elementary
Schools and for  central administrative offices in
South Windsor are  included  in  section 1 of this
act  and shall  be  eligible  to  be  subsequently
considered for grant  commitments  from the state,
provided the school  district  files  applications
for such school  building  projects  prior to June
30,  1998,  and  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.  42. Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of
section 10-283 of  the  general  statutes  and any
regulation adopted by the State Board of Education
requiring that the  scope  of  a  school  building
project be set  at  the  time of application for a
school building project  grant,  the  town of East
Lyme may expand  the  scope  of  the extension and
alteration and code violation project at East Lyme
High School (Project  Number  045-046)  to include
the purchase of land adjacent to the school.
    Sec.  43. Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of
section 10-283 of  the  general  statutes,  or any
regulation adopted pursuant  to  said section, the
project  for  roof  replacement  at  Wolcott  High
School in Wolcott is included in section 1 of this
act  and shall  be  eligible  to  be  subsequently
considered for a  grant commitment from the state,
provided the school  district files an application
for such school building project prior to June 30,
1998, and 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.  44. Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of
section 10-283 of  the  general  statutes  and any
regulation adopted by the State Board of Education
requiring that the  scope  of  a  school  building
project be set  at  the  time of application for a
school building project grant, the town of Wolcott
may  expand  the   scope   of  the  extension  and
alteration project at  Frisbie  Elementary  School
(Project Number 166-051-EA)  to  increase the size
of the core facilities of the building.
    Sec. 45. (a)  For  the  purposes  described in
subsection (b) of  this  section,  the  State Bond
Commission shall have  the  power,  from  time  to
time, to authorize  the  issuance  of bonds of the
state in one  or  more  series  and  in  principal
amounts not exceeding in the aggregate one million
eight hundred thousand dollars.
    (b) The proceeds of the sale of said bonds, to
the extent of  the amount stated in subsection (a)
of this section,  shall  be used by the Department
of Education for  the  purpose  of  a grant to the
Capital Region Education  Council to reimburse the
council  for  expenses  for  the  Early  Childhood
Regional Magnet School (Project Number 241-086) in
New Britain.
    (c) All provisions  of  section  3-20  of  the
general statutes, or  the exercise of any right or
power granted thereby  which  are not inconsistent
with the provisions  of  this  section  are hereby
adopted and shall apply to all bonds authorized by
the  State  Bond   Commission   pursuant  to  this
section, and temporary  notes  in  anticipation of
the money to  be derived from the sale of any such
bonds so authorized  may  be  issued in accordance
with said section  3-20  and  from  time  to  time
renewed. Such bonds  shall  mature at such time or
times  not  exceeding   twenty  years  from  their
respective dates as may be provided in or pursuant
to the resolution or resolutions of the State Bond
Commission authorizing such  bonds.  None  of said
bonds shall be authorized except upon a finding by
the State Bond  Commission  that  there  has  been
filed with it  a  request  for such authorization,
which is signed  by  or on behalf of the Secretary
of the Office  of Policy and Management and states
such terms and  conditions  as said commission, in
its discretion, may  require.  Said  bonds  issued
pursuant  to  this   section   shall   be  general
obligations of the  state  and  the full faith and
credit of the state of Connecticut are pledged for
the payment of  the  principal  of and interest on
said bonds as the same 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.
    Sec.  46. Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of
section 10-283 of  the  general  statutes,  or any
regulation adopted pursuant  to  said section, the
project  for roof  replacement  at  Portland  High
School (Project Number  113-035RR)  in Portland is
included in section  1  of  this  act and shall be
eligible to be subsequently considered for a grant
commitment from the  state,  provided  the  school
district  files an  application  for  such  school
building project prior to June 30, 1998, and 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.  47. Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of
section 10-283 of  the  general  statutes  or  any
regulation adopted by the State Board of Education
requiring that the  scope  of  a  school  building
project be set  at  the  time of application for a
school  building project  grant,  Regional  School
District Number 1  may  change  the  scope  of the
additions and alterations  project (Project Number
201-046) at the  Housatonic  Valley  Regional High
School.
    Sec.  48. Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of
section 10-283 of  the  general  statutes,  or any
regulation adopted pursuant  to  said section, the
projects for expansion  of the Regional Six to Six
Magnet  School and  renovations  to  the  John  F.
Kennedy  Campus  buildings   in   Bridgeport   are
included in section  1  of  this  act and shall be
eligible to be  subsequently  considered for grant
commitments from the  state,  provided  the school
district  files  applications   for   such  school
building projects prior  to  June  30,  1998,  and
meets all other  provisions  of chapter 173 of the
general statutes and  any  regulations  adopted by
the State Board  of  Education  pursuant  to  said
chapter.
    Sec.  49. 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 of 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 Weston shall  have  until  June  30,  1999,  to
authorize  and  until  June  30,  2000,  to  begin
construction  on  the   extension  and  alteration
projects (Project Numbers 157-036EA, 157-037EA and
157-038EA)  at  the  Hurlbutt  Elementary  School,
board of education  central administration offices
and the Weston Middle School and shall be eligible
to   subsequently   be    considered   for   grant
commitments from the state.
    Sec.  50. Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of
section 10-283 of  the  general  statutes,  or any
regulation adopted pursuant  to  said section, the
project for vocational  agriculture  equipment and
furnishings at Killingly  High School in Killingly
is included in  section 1 of this act and shall be
eligible to be subsequently considered for a grant
commitment from the  state,  provided  the  school
district  files an  application  for  such  school
building project prior to June 30, 1998, and 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.  51. 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    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, Regional
School District Number 7 shall have until June 30,
2000, to begin construction on the project for the
vocational  agriculture  center   (Project  Number
207-020) at the Northwest Regional High School and
shall be eligible  to  subsequently  be considered
for a grant commitment from the state.
    Sec.  52. Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of
section 10-283 of  the  general  statutes,  or any
regulation adopted pursuant  to  said section, the
project for a  new  middle school in Ridgefield is
included in section  1  of  this  act and shall be
eligible to be subsequently considered for a grant
commitment from the  state,  provided  the  school
district  files an  application  for  such  school
building project prior to June 30, 1998, and 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.  53. Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of
section 10-283 of  the  general  statutes  and any
regulation adopted by the State Board of Education
requiring that the  scope  of  a  school  building
project be set  at  the  time of application for a
school building project grant, the town of Norwalk
may expand the  scope  of  the  projects  for West
Rocks   School  (Project   Number   103-157)   and
Brookside   Elementary  School   (Project   Number
103-156).
    Sec.  54. Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of
section 10-283 of  the  general  statutes,  or any
regulation adopted pursuant  to  said section, the
project for alteration and expansion at West Shore
Middle School in  Milford is included in section 1
of  this  act   and   shall   be  eligible  to  be
subsequently  considered for  a  grant  commitment
from the state, provided the school district files
an application for  such  school  building project
prior  to June  30,  1998,  and  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.  55. Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of
section 10-283 of  the  general  statutes,  or any
regulation adopted pursuant  to  said section, the
projects  for roof  replacement  at  Crosby  High,
Wallace Middle, Kennedy  High, Barnard Elementary,
Bucks  Hill  Elementary,   Carrington  Elementary,
Chase   Elementary,  Weldell   Cross   Elementary,
Duggan,     Gilmartin    Elementary,     Kingsbury
Elementary, Regan Elementary,  Sprague Elementary,
Walsh  Elementary and  Woodrow  Wilson  Elementary
Schools and the  alternative  school in the former
Notre  Dame  School   building  in  Waterbury  are
included in section  1  of  this  act and shall be
eligible to be  subsequently  considered for grant
commitments from the  state,  provided  the school
district  files  applications   for   such  school
building projects prior  to  June  30,  1998,  and
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.  56. Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of
section 10-283 of  the  general  statutes,  or any
regulation adopted pursuant  to  said section, the
projects for relocatable  classrooms at Bucks Hill
Elementary,  East  Farms   Elementary,   Gilmartin
Elementary, Regan Elementary,  Sprague  Elementary
and Woodrow Wilson Elementary Schools in Waterbury
are included in section 1 of this act and shall be
eligible to be  subsequently  considered for grant
commitments from the  state,  provided  the school
district  files  applications   for   such  school
building projects prior  to  June  30,  1998,  and
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.  57. Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of
section 10-283 of  the  general  statutes,  or any
regulation adopted pursuant  to  said section, the
project for relocation  of the baseball and soccer
fields at Crosby  High School from the site of the
Rotella Magnet School  in Waterbury is included in
section 1 of  this act and shall be eligible to be
subsequently  considered for  a  grant  commitment
from the state, provided the school district files
an application for  such  school  building project
prior  to June  30,  1998,  and  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.  58. Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of
section 10-283 of  the  general  statutes  and any
regulation adopted by the State Board of Education
requiring that the  scope  of  a  school  building
project be set  at  the  time of application for a
school  building  project   grant,   the  town  of
Waterbury may expand  the scope of the project for
the   Rotella  Magnet   School   (Project   Number
151-192).
    Sec.  59. Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of
section 10-283 of  the  general  statutes,  or any
regulation adopted pursuant  to  said section, the
project for an  auditorium  at North Branford High
School in North  Branford is included in section 1
of this act,  in  accordance  with  section  64 of
special act 96-15,  and  shall  be  eligible to be
subsequently  considered for  a  grant  commitment
from the state, provided the school district files
an application for  such  school  building project
prior  to June  30,  1998,  and  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.  60. 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  Essex  Board of Education may let out
for bid on  and commence a project (Project Number
050-88-004 EA/RR) at  Essex  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.  61. Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of
section 10-283 of  the  general  statutes,  or any
regulation adopted pursuant  to  said section, the
project for code  compliance  and  alterations  at
Bunker Hill School  in  Waterbury  is  included in
section 1 of  this act and shall be eligible to be
subsequently  considered for  a  grant  commitment
from the state, provided the school district files
an application for  such  school  building project
prior  to June  30,  1998,  and  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.  62. Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of
section 10-283 of  the  general  statutes,  or any
regulation adopted pursuant  to  said section, the
project   for   roof   replacement   at   Brooklyn
Elementary  School  in  Brooklyn  is  included  in
section 1 of  this act and shall be eligible to be
subsequently  considered for  a  grant  commitment
from the state, provided the school district files
an application for  such  school  building project
prior  to June  30,  1998,  and  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.  63.  Section   10-283   of  the  general
statutes, as amended  by  section 76 of public act
97-265, is amended  by  adding  subsection  (c) as
follows:
    (NEW) (c) No  school building project shall be
added to the  list prepared by the Commissioner of
Education  pursuant  to  subsection  (a)  of  this
section  after  such  list  is  submitted  to  the
committee  of  the   General   Assembly  appointed
pursuant to section  10-283a unless the project is
for  a school  placed  on  probation  by  the  New
England Association of  Schools  and  Colleges and
the    project   is    necessary    to    preserve
accreditation. The provisions  of  this subsection
shall not apply  to projects previously authorized
by  the  General  Assembly  that  require  special
legislation to correct procedural deficiencies.
    Sec.  64. Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of
section 10-283 of  the  general  statutes  or  any
regulation adopted by the State Board of Education
requiring that the  scope  of  a  school  building
project be set  at  the  time of application for a
school  building project  grant,  Regional  School
District Number 7  may  expand  the  scope  to the
vocational agriculture projects  (Project  Numbers
207-019,  207-020  and   207-022)   at   Northwest
Regional High School.
    Sec. 65. Subsection  (b)  of section 10-287 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (b)  All  orders   and  contracts  for  school
building construction receiving  state  assistance
under this chapter  shall be awarded to the lowest
responsible qualified bidder  only  after a public
invitation to bid,  which shall be advertised in a
newspaper having circulation  in the town in which
construction is to  take  place,  except  for  (1)
SCHOOL BUILDING PROJECTS  FOR  WHICH  THE  TOWN OR
REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT IS USING A STATE CONTRACT
PURSUANT TO SUBSECTION  (d) OF SECTION 10-292, AND
(2)  change  orders,  those  contracts  or  orders
costing less than  ten  thousand dollars and those
of  an emergency  nature,  as  determined  by  the
Commissioner  of Education,  in  which  cases  the
contractor   or  vendor   may   be   selected   by
negotiation, provided no local fiscal regulations,
ordinances or charter provisions conflict.
    Sec.  66.  Section   10-292   of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)  Upon  receipt   by  the  Commissioner  of
Education of the  final  plans  for any phase of a
school building project  as  provided  in  section
10-291, said commissioner  shall  promptly  review
such  plans  and   check   them   to   the  extent
appropriate  for  the   phase  of  development  or
construction  for  which  final  plans  have  been
submitted to determine  whether  they conform with
the requirements of  the  State  Fire Safety Code,
the Department of  Public  Health,  the life-cycle
cost  analysis approved  by  the  Commissioner  of
Public Works, the  State  Building  Code  and  the
state  and  federal   standards   for  design  and
construction of public buildings to meet the needs
of disabled persons,  and  if  acceptable  a final
written approval of  such  phase  shall be sent to
the town or  regional  board  of education and the
school building committee.  No  phase  of a school
building project, subject  to  the  provisions  of
subsection (c) OR  (d)  of  this section, shall go
out for bidding  purposes  prior  to  such written
approval.
    (b)   Notwithstanding   the    provisions   of
subsection (a) of this section, a town or regional
school  district  may   submit   final  plans  and
specifications  for  oil  tank  replacement,  roof
replacement, asbestos abatement, code violation or
energy conservation projects or projects for which
state  assistance is  not  sought,  to  the  local
officials having jurisdiction  over  such  matters
for review and  written  approval. The total costs
for  an  asbestos  abatement,  code  violation  or
energy conservation project  eligible  for  review
and  approval  under  this  subsection  shall  not
exceed one million  dollars.  Except  for projects
for  which state  assistance  is  not  sought  AND
PROJECTS FOR WHICH  THE  TOWN  OR  REGIONAL SCHOOL
DISTRICT IS USING  A  STATE  CONTRACT  PURSUANT TO
SUBSECTION (d) OF THIS SECTION, no school building
project described in  this subsection shall go out
for bidding purposes  prior  to  the  receipt  and
acceptance by the state Department of Education of
such written approval.
    (c) On and  after  October  1,  1991,  if  the
Commissioner of Education  does  not  complete his
review pursuant to subsection (a) of this section,
within thirty days  from  the  date  of receipt of
final plans for  a school building project, a town
or regional school  district may submit such final
plans to local  officials having jurisdiction over
such matters for  review  and written approval. In
such case, the  school  district  shall notify the
commissioner of such  action  and  no  such school
building project shall go out for bidding purposes
prior to the  receipt  by the commissioner of such
written approval, EXCEPT  FOR  PROJECTS  FOR WHICH
THE TOWN OR  REGIONAL  SCHOOL  DISTRICT IS USING A
STATE CONTRACT PURSUANT  TO SUBSECTION (d) OF THIS
SECTION.  Local  building   officials   and   fire
marshals  may  engage   the  services  of  a  code
consultant for purposes  of the review pursuant to
this  subsection,  provided   the   cost  of  such
consultant shall be paid by the school district.
    (d)  IF  THE   DEPARTMENT   OF  ADMINISTRATIVE
SERVICES OR THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS MAKES A
STATE  CONTRACT AVAILABLE  FOR  USE  BY  TOWNS  OR
REGIONAL  SCHOOL DISTRICTS,  A  TOWN  OR  REGIONAL
SCHOOL DISTRICT MAY  USE  SUCH  CONTRACT, PROVIDED
THE  ACTUAL  ESTIMATE   FOR  THE  SCHOOL  BUILDING
PROJECT UNDER THE  STATE  CONTRACT  IS  NOT  GIVEN
UNTIL  RECEIPT BY  THE  TOWN  OR  REGIONAL  SCHOOL
DISTRICT OF APPROVAL  OF THE PLAN PURSUANT TO THIS
SECTION.
    Sec. 67. This  act  shall take effect from its
passage, except that  section 45 shall take effect
July 1, 1998.

Approved June 8, 1998