Substitute House Bill No. 6707
          Substitute House Bill No. 6707

              PUBLIC ACT NO. 97-265


AN ACT CONCERNING  AUTHORIZATION  OF  STATE  GRANT
COMMITMENTS  FOR  SCHOOL   BUILDING  PROJECTS  AND
CLARIFICATION AND SEPARATION OF THE GRANT AND BOND
PROGRAM FOR SCHOOL BUILDING PROJECTS AND THE GRANT
AND BOND PROGRAM FOR INTEREST PAYMENT SUBSIDIES.


    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, 1997, as follows:

         (a) Estimated Grant Commitments

Town                  Site and          Total
School                Building          Including
Project Number                          Interest
                                        Subsidy

E. OF THE RIVER
CO-OP
E. of River Co-op
Magnet School
001 MAG              27,971,548        27,971,548

Metro Learning
Magnet
088 MAG              33,273,713        33,273,713

COVENTRY
George
Robertson
045 RE                  131,420           213,387

COVENTRY
George Hersey
Robertson
047 EA                4,054,509         6,583,306

COVENTRY
Coventry Jr./Sr.
High School
048 EA                7,321,468        11,887,868

FAIRFIELD
Osborn (Reopening)
093 EA                1,421,100         2,307,440

LEDYARD
Gales Ferry School
060 RE                  125,494           125,494

MANCHESTER
Illing Jr. High
School
114 RE                   55,611            55,611

MILFORD
Harborside Middle
School
154 EA                1,110,205         1,802,640

NEW CANAAN
Saxe Middle School
038 EA/RR             5,426,393         8,810,834

NEW FAIRFIELD
Consolidated School
031 A/RR                185,700           301,521

NEW FAIRFIELD
Meeting House Hill
School
034 EA                  631,380         1,025,172

NEW HAVEN
New Fair Haven K-8
317 N                21,135,330        34,317,435

NORWALK
Marvin Elementary
186 EA                1,219,931         1,980,802

NORWICH
Samuel Huntington
School
068 EA                5,483,853         8,904,132

RIDGEFIELD
East Ridge Middle
School
042 EA                5,670,244         9,206,775

SIMSBURY
Central School
086 EA                1,245,425         2,022,197

SOUTH WINDSOR
Timothy Edwards
Middle School
066 EA               10,586,450        17,189,219

STAMFORD
Rogers Elementary
School
181 RE                   71,454           116,020

STONINGTON
Mystic Middle School
045 EA                3,265,281         5,301,837

WEST HARTFORD
Braeburn Elementary
School
170 E                   289,619           470,254

WESTPORT
Coleytown Middle
School
083 RE                   16,145            26,215

WESTPORT
Bedford Middle School
084 RE                   68,410           111,077

WESTPORT
Coleytown Elementary
School
085 RE                   17,306            28,100

WILTON
Cider Mill School
048 EA                5,229,600         8,491,302

WOLCOTT
Frisbie Elementary
School
051 EA                4,709,405         7,646,661

WOLCOTT
Wakelee Elementary
School
052 EA                1,359,015         2,206,633

WOLCOTT
Alcott Middle
School
053 EA               11,016,871        17,888,093

REGIONAL DISTRICT
14
Nonnewaug High
School
079 RE                  119,650           194,276

REGIONAL DISTRICT
14
Woodbury Middle
School
080 RE                  119,650           194,276

BRISTOL
Bristol Central
High School
068 A                 7,425,000        12,055,973

BRISTOL
Bristol Eastern
High School
069 A                 7,762,500        12,603,971

COVENTRY
Coventry Grammar
School
046 EA                2,367,286         3,843,762

DEEP RIVER
Deep River
Elementary School
009 EA                2,003,757         3,253,500

ELLINGTON
Ellington Middle
School
047 EA                5,173,125         8,399,603

HARTFORD
New East Central
Middle School
215 N                20,827,800        33,818,099

KILLINGLY
Killingly High
School
052 VE                  100,000           100,000

MIDDLETOWN
Middletown High
School
098 VE                   90,000            90,000

MILFORD
Joseph A. Foran
High School
148 A                    42,716            42,716

NEW HAVEN
Katherine Brennan
School
318 A                 8,171,280        13,267,707

NORWALK
Norwalk High School
187 A/TCH               303,899           493,441

NORWALK
Briggs HS/Ctr. for
Vocational Arts
188 A/TCH               116,175           188,633

NORWALK
Nathan Hale Middle
School
189 A/TCH               149,473           242,699

NORWALK
Ponus Ridge Middle
School
190 A/TCH               248,249           403,082

NORWALK
Roton Middle School
191 A/TCH               146,407           237,721

NORWALK
West Rocks Middle
School
192 A/TCH               148,780           241,574

NORWALK
Brien McMahon High
School
193 A/TCH               193,226           313,741

NORWICH
Bishop Elementary
School
069 EA                3,229,168         5,243,200

NORWICH
Bishop Elementary
School
070 A/TCH               170,708           277,179

NORWICH
William A. Buckingham
Elementary School
071 A/TCH               219,213           355,936

NORWICH
Greeneville
Elementary School
072 A/TCH               353,853           574,551

NORWICH
Samuel Huntington
Elementary School
073 A/TCH               198,710           322,645

NORWICH
Uncas Elementary
School
074 A/TCH               196,573           319,176

NORWICH
Wequonnoc Elementary
School
075 A/TCH               200,317           325,255

NORWICH
Kelly Jr. High School
076 A/TCH               359,039           582,972

NORWICH
Teacher's Memorial
Jr. High School
077 A/TCH               302,203           490,687

NORWICH
John M. Moriarty
Elementary School
080 A/TCH               297,438           482,950

NORWICH
John B. Stanton
Elementary School
081 A/TCH               229,172           372,107

PLAINFIELD
Plainfield Grammar
School
037 A                 2,335,800         3,792,638

SOUTHINGTON
Southington High
School
107 VE                   53,600            53,600

SPRAGUE
Sayles Elementary
School
010 EA/RR             2,887,372         4,688,226

SUFFIELD
Suffield High
School
034 VA/VE               230,000           230,000

WALLINGFORD
Lyman Hall High
School
132 VE                  239,960           239,960

REGIONAL DISTRICT 1
Housatonic Valley
Regional High School
031 VA/N              3,880,000         3,880,000

REGIONAL DISTRICT 1
Housatonic Valley
Regional High School
032 A                 1,811,269         2,940,957

REGIONAL DISTRICT 7
Northwestern Regional
High School
022 VA/VE             1,350,000         1,350,000

CREC
Residential Ed. Ctr.
(Polaris Ctr.)
087 SP/EA             2,500,000         2,500,000

BERLIN
Berlin High School
057 RR                  178,432           289,720

BERLIN
Berlin High School
059 EC                   65,247           105,942

BETHEL
Frank A. Berry
School
043 RR                  158,032           256,597

BETHEL
Anna H. Rockwell
School
044 RR                  136,406           221,482

CANAAN
Lee H. Kellogg
School
009 RR                   20,142            20,142

COLEBROOK
Colebrook
Consolidated School
008 RR                    9,654             9,654

COVENTRY
Central
Administration
050 BE/N                197,130           320,080

CROMWELL
Edna C. Stevens
School
027 EC/CV                58,633            95,202

CROMWELL
Cromwell Middle
School
028 EC/CV                32,260            52,381

CROMWELL
Cromwell High
School
029 EC                   28,231            45,839

CROMWELL
Edna C. Stevens
School
030 EC                  154,727           251,230

CROMWELL
Cromwell Middle
School
031 EC                  218,789           355,248

DARIEN
Holmes Elementary
School
102 RR                   25,000            40,593

EAST LYME
Niantic Center
School
045 RR                   98,580           160,064

EAST LYME
Flanders School
046 RR                  246,450           400,161

ENFIELD
Enrico Fermi High
School
116 RR                  671,400         1,090,152

FARMINGTON
Union School
049 RR                   13,750            13,750

GRISWOLD
Griswold Elementary
School
033 RR                  176,849           176,849

GROTON
Charles Barnum
Elementary School
140 RR                  169,936           169,936

GROTON
Pleasant Valley
School
141 EC                  138,890           138,890

GROTON
Charles Barnum
Elementary School
142 EC                   39,216            39,216

HARTFORD
Central
Administration
211 BE/A                188,993           188,993

HARTFORD
Fisher School
214 RR                  424,270           424,270

LEBANON
Lebanon Elementary
School
044 RR/HV               129,280           209,912

LITCHFIELD
Litchfield
Intermediate School
032 RR                   84,150           136,634

MANCHESTER
Highland Park
School
120 RR                   80,327            80,327

MANCHESTER
Central
Administration
121 BE/RR                46,343            46,343

MILFORD
East Shore Middle
School (Seabreeze)
152 EC                   40,545            65,833

MONROE
Masuk High School
044 RR                  346,850           563,180

MONROE
Stepney Elementary
School
045 RR                   25,766            41,836

MONTVILLE
Palmer Memorial
School (Alt. Ed. Ctr.)
074 RR/HV                48,860            48,860

MONTVILLE
Montville High School
075 RR/HV               302,163           302,163

NEW FAIRFIELD
New Fairfield
High School
029 EC                   92,850           150,761

NEW FAIRFIELD
New Fairfield
High School
030 RR                  185,700           301,521

NEW HAVEN
East Rock Community
School
312 RR                  447,849           727,172

NEW HAVEN
Quinnipiac School
313 RR                  137,498           223,256

NORWICH
Central
Administration
at John Mason
078 BE/TC                41,517            67,411

NORWICH
Central
Administration
079 BE/TC                32,271            52,398

PLAINFIELD
Plainfield Memorial
School
038 RR                   60,980            99,013

PLAINFIELD
Plainfield High
School
039 RR                  103,666           168,322

PLYMOUTH
Harry S. Fisher
School
044 RR                  319,815           519,284

ROCKY HILL
Dr. Oran A. Moser
School
045 RR                   43,271            70,259

SOUTHINGTON
Hatton School
104 RR                  162,724           264,215

SOUTHINGTON
South End School
105 RR                  141,187           229,245

SPRAGUE
Central
Administration
011 BE/N                 14,645            23,779

STAFFORD
West Stafford
Elementary School
038 RR                   42,426            42,426

STAMFORD
Rippowam Center
184 RR                   65,862           106,940

STAMFORD
Springdale
Elementary School
185 RR                   24,305            39,464

STAMFORD
Rogers Elementary
School
186 RR                   64,050           103,998

STAMFORD
Springdale
Elementary School
191 A                    24,427            39,662

STAMFORD
Dolan Middle
School
192 A                    12,342            20,040

STAMFORD
Turn of River
Middle School
193 A                    11,571            18,788

STAMFORD
K.T. Murphy
Elementary School
194 A                    17,481            28,384

THOMPSON
Thompson Middle
School
017 RR/EC                81,001           131,521

VERNON
Rockville High
School
109 RR                  383,580           383,580

WEST HARTFORD
Braeburn
Elementary School
166 RR                  109,290           177,454

WEST HARTFORD
Charter Oak
Elementary School
169 RR                   91,075           147,878

WINDSOR
Clover Street
School (Library)
075 RR                   26,309            26,309

WINDSOR
Clover Street School
(Main Building)
076 RR                   60,846            60,846

WINDSOR
Clover Street School
(Buildings 5 & 6)
077 RR                   73,146            73,146

REGIONAL DISTRICT 14
Nonnewaug High School
078 RR                  203,405           330,269

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

Town                  Site and          Total
School                Building          Including
Project Number                          Interest
                                        Subsidy

NEW HAVEN
Clarence Rogers
School
293 RR/A              3,982,000         6,465,573

NEW HAVEN
Strong School
304 RE                  282,852           459,267

NEW HAVEN
Prince/Welch School
306N                 17,285,400        28,066,304

NEW HAVEN
Betsy Ross Arts
School
307N                 18,856,800        30,617,786

TORRINGTON
Torrington High
School
052 EA               10,201,640        16,564,403

WILTON
Middlebrook School
043 EA                3,704,300         6,014,672

HARTFORD
Batchelder School
176 E                 5,856,800         9,509,686

MERIDEN
Magnet Middle
School
076 MAG              26,500,000        26,500,000

    Sec.  2.  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  Hebron  may  let  out  for bid on and
commence a code  violation project (Project Number
067-026) at Hebron  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.  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 Wesley Elementary
and  Lawrence Elementary Schools in Middletown 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,  1997,  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
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  New
Milford  may change the scope of the extension and
alteration project of  the  high  school  (Project
Number  096-032)  to  construction  of  a new high
school.
    Sec.  5.  Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of
section 10-283 of the  general  statutes,  or  any
regulation  adopted  pursuant to said section, the
project for alteration of New Milford High  School
to  convert  it  to  an  elementary  school in New
Milford is included in section 1 of this  act  and
shall  be  eligible  to subsequently be considered
for a grant commitment from  the  state,  provided
the  school district files an application for such
school building project prior to  June  30,  1997,
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  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
Milford  may  change  the  project  for  board  of
education offices as part of the renovation of the
high  school  (Project Number 096-033) to board of
education  offices  as  part  of  the  project  to
convert the high school to an elementary school.
    Sec.  7.  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  Monroe  may  let out for bid on and
commence a project  for  code  violation  (Project
Number  085-043)  at  Chalk Hill Middle 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.  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 West Hartford may let out for bid on
and commence projects for asbestos removal at Hall
High  School (Project numbers 155-150 and 155-137)
and extension of Braeburn School  (Project  Number
155-170)  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.  9.  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 West Hartford may expand the scope of
phase two of the project for roof  replacement  at
Sedgwick Middle School (Project Number 155-167) to
include additional work associated with phase  one
of the project.
    Sec.  10.  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 Woodstock may let out for bid on and
commence a  project  for  boiler  replacement  and
asbestos  abatement  (Project  Number  169-019) at
Woodstock 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.  11.  Notwithstanding  the  provisions of
section 10-283 of the  general  statutes,  or  any
regulation  adopted  pursuant to said section, the
project  for  an  extension  and   alteration   at
Langford  School  in  East Hartford 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,  1997,  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
code  violation  project   at  the  Multi-Cultural
Magnet School in New London 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  LEARN  files  an
application for such school building project prior
to June 30,  1997,  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 10-292 of  the  general  statutes  or  any
regulation adopted by the State Board of Education
requiring plans and specifications to be  approved
by the Department of Education's school facilities
unit, the town of Waterbury may commence a project
for  roof  replacement (Project Number 151-157) at
Chase Elementary School without such approval  and
shall  be  eligible  to subsequently be considered
for a grant commitment from the state.
    Sec.  14.  Notwithstanding  the  provisions of
section 10-287 of  the  general  statutes  or  any
regulation adopted by the State Board of Education
requiring a bidding process  for  school  building
projects,  the  town of Waterbury may commence the
roof replacement projects at Hopeville  Elementary
School   (Project  Number  151-158),  Bunker  Hill
Elementary School  (Project  Number  151-156)  and
Chase  Elementary  School (Project Number 151-157)
without  meeting  such  bidding  requirements  and
shall  be  eligible  to subsequently be considered
for grant commitments from the state.
    Sec.  15.  Notwithstanding  the  provisions of
chapter  173  of  the  general  statutes  or   any
regulation adopted by the State Board of Education
setting square footage specifications in effect at
the  time  the  construction project for Montville
High   School   (Project   Number   086-051)   was
authorized,  the  town  of  Montville  may use the
square footage specifications in effect after July
28, 1986 for purposes of such projects.
    Sec.  16.  Notwithstanding  the  provisions of
subdivision  (1)  of  subsection  (a)  of  section
10-286  of  the general statutes or any regulation
adopted by the State Board of Education concerning
projected enrolment for a school building project,
the town of Montville may increase  the  projected
enrolment  for  the new Tyl Middle School (Project
Number 086-059).
    Sec.  17.  Notwithstanding  the  provisions of
section 10-283 of the  general  statutes,  or  any
regulation  adopted  pursuant to said section, the
project  for  construction  of  an  administration
building  for  the Board of Education in Weston 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, 1997, 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
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, 1998, to
authorize  and  until  June  30,  1999,  to  begin
construction  on  a  new  school  (Project  Number
092-87-014N)  or  extension  and alteration to the
New Hartford Elementary or Bakerville Consolidated
School  (Project  Numbers  092-022E, 092-021E) and
shall be eligible to  subsequently  be  considered
for a grant commitment from the state.
    Sec.  19.  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  Central  High
School  and  Harding High School 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,  1997,  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.  20.  Notwithstanding  the  provisions of
section 10-283 of the  general  statutes,  or  any
regulation  adopted  pursuant to said section, the
technology projects at Thomas W. Mahan  Elementary
School  (Project  Number  104-082)  and  Veterans'
Memorial   Elementary   School   (Project   Number
104-083)  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 project prior to June 30,
1997, 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.  21.  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 the
school  building  project  grant,  the   town   of
Torrington  may expand the scope of the renovation
and expansion project (Project Number 143-052)  at
Torrington High School to include a natatorium.
    Sec.  22.  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   Voluntown
Elementary  School  in  Voluntown  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,  1997,  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.  23.  Notwithstanding  the  provisions of
section 10-283 of the  general  statutes,  or  any
regulation  adopted  pursuant to said section, the
project for the  Magnet  Regional  Science,  Math,
Technology   and  Arts  Resource  High  School  in
Hartford 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  Hartford school district files an application
for such school building project prior to June 30,
1997,  and  meets  all other provisions of section
10-264h and chapter 173 of  the  general  statutes
and  any  regulation adopted by the State Board of
Education pursuant to said chapter except  as  may
be   waived   by  the  Commissioner  of  Education
pursuant  to  subsection  (a)  of   said   section
10-264h.
    Sec.  24.  Notwithstanding  the  provisions of
section 10-283 of the  general  statutes,  or  any
regulation  adopted  pursuant to said section, the
alteration project for the central  administration
facility  (Project  Number 113-034) 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, 1997, 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  portable  classrooms   at   Jackter
Elementary  School  (Project  Number  028-028) and
William  J.  Johnston   School   (Project   Number
028-029)  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,  1997,  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
Naugatuck  may  expand  the scope of the extension
and alteration project (Project Number 088-032) at
City Hill Middle School to include the purchase of
land adjacent to the school.
    Sec.  27.  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 Fairfield shall have until June  30,  1998,  to
authorize  and  until  June  30,  1999,  to  begin
construction on the  alteration  project  (Project
Number  051-081)  at  the  Ludlow  High School and
shall be eligible to  subsequently  be  considered
for a grant commitment from the state.
    Sec.  28.  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 Fairfield may reduce the scope
of the project for alteration of the former Ludlow
High  School building for use as an elementary and
middle school (Project Number 051-081) to  include
an  extension  of  the  building only for a middle
school.
    Sec.  29.  Notwithstanding  the  provisions of
subdivision  (1)  of  subsection  (a)  of  section
10-286  of  the general statutes or any regulation
adopted by the State Board of Education  requiring
that  the highest projected enrolment for a school
building project be calculated for the eight  year
period  from the date the local board of education
files an application for a school building project
grant  with the State Department of Education, the
town of  Fairfield  may  calculate  the  projected
enrolment  for  the  alteration  project  (Project
Number  051-081)  at  the  former  Ludlow   School
building  for  the  twelve  year  period from said
date.
    Sec.  30.  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,  the  extension   and
alteration  project  at  East  Lyme High School in
East Lyme, the application for which is  submitted
pursuant  to a cooperative arrangement pursuant to
section 10-158a of the  general  statutes  between
the  East  Lyme  Board  of Education and the Salem
Board of Education, 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 East Lyme school district, on behalf
of  the  cooperative   arrangement,   submits   an
application  for  such  school building project no
later than June 30,  1997,  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.  31.  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  Salem  School  in
Salem  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, 1997,
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.  32.  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  Bethany  may let out for bid on and
commence a project for septic system work as  part
of  the  alteration and extension project (Project
Number 008-014) at Bethany  Community  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.  33.  Notwithstanding  the  provisions of
section 10-292 of  the  general  statutes  or  any
regulation adopted 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 Enfield may let out  for  bid  on  and
commence   the  roofing  project  (Project  Number
049-115RR) at the E.H. Parkman  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.  34.  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  a  new  elementary  school
(Project  Number 142-052) 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.  35.  Notwithstanding  the  provisions of
subdivision  (1)  of  subsection  (a)  of  section
10-286  of  the general statutes or any regulation
adopted by the State Board of Education concerning
projected enrolment for a school building project,
the town of Tolland  may  increase  the  projected
enrolment  for  the  new elementary school project
(Project Number 142-052) to six hundred students.
    Sec.  36.  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 Tolland shall have  until  June  30,  1998,  to
authorize  and  until  June  30,  1999,  to  begin
construction on the  technology  project  (Project
Number  142-053)  at  the  Tolland High School and
shall be eligible to  subsequently  be  considered
for a grant commitment from the state.
    Sec.  37.  Notwithstanding  the  provisions of
section 10-283 of the  general  statutes,  or  any
regulation  adopted  pursuant to said section, the
technology projects at Tolland Middle  School  and
Parker  Memorial School in Tolland 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,  1997,  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.  38.  Notwithstanding  the  provisions of
chapter 173 of the general statutes concerning the
date   of   application  for  qualification  as  a
renovation  project,  the  project   for   Bethany
Community   School  (Project  Number  008-014)  in
Bethany shall qualify  as  a  renovation  project,
provided   the   project   meets   all  the  other
requirements  of  said  chapter   for   renovation
projects.
    Sec.  39.  Notwithstanding  the  provisions of
section 10-283 of the  general  statutes,  or  any
regulation adopted by the State Board of Education
providing that grant commitments lapse on the June
thirtieth  of  the  year  following  the  year  of
legislative authorization  unless  prior  to  such
date the town has filed notice with the department
that the town has completed  all  necessary  steps
under  its  charter  and  the  general statutes to
appropriate  sufficient  funds  to  pay  for   the
project  and  any  site  acquisition costs for the
project; authorized  bonding  or  other  means  of
financing  the  appropriation;  been authorized to
apply for and accept state grants for the project;
and authorized the building committee to carry out
the project, the town of Meriden shall be eligible
for  a grant for code update, educational addition
and reroofing project (Project Number 080-074)  at
the John Barry Elementary School.
    Sec.  40.  Notwithstanding  the  provisions of
subdivision  (1)  of  subsection  (a)  of  section
10-286  of  the general statutes or any regulation
adopted by the State Board of Education  requiring
that  the highest projected enrolment for a school
building  project  be  calculated  for  the  eight
year-to-year  period from the date the local Board
of Education files a notification  of  a  proposed
school  building project with the State Department
of Education, the town of Bristol  may  amend  its
project   enrolments   for   the   extension   and
alteration  project  at  the  Ellen   P.   Hubbell
Elementary School (Project Number 017-046).
    Sec.  41.  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 Bristol
may   expand   the  scope  of  the  additions  and
alterations project (Project  Number  017-046)  at
the Ellen P. Hubbell Elementary School.
    Sec.  42.  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  Bristol  may let out for bid on and
commence a project for the roof replacement at the
Clara  T. O'Connell 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.  43. 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 the project type
for a school  building project be made at the time
of  application  for  a  school  building  project
grant,  the  town   of   Wolcott  may  change  the
description  of  the   project   (Project   Number
166-049) for a  new  middle school to an extension
and alteration project at a school within the town
of Wolcott.
    Sec.  44. 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 Wolcott shall  have  until  June  30,  1998, to
authorize  and  until  June  30,  1999,  to  begin
construction  on  an   extension   and  alteration
project  (Project  Number  166-049)  at  a  school
within the town.
    Sec.  45. 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  Cheshire  may  let out for bid on and
commence a project  for  code  violation, asbestos
abatement  (Project Number  025-043)  at  Cheshire
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.  46. 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  East  Hampton  may expand the
scope of the  extension  and alteration project at
East Hampton High  School (Project Number 042-029)
to include roof replacement.
    Sec.  47. 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 roof replacement
(Project Number 214-075)  at  Mitchell  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.  48. 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
Westport may change  the  scope  of  the extension
project  (Project  Number  158-077)  at  Coleytown
Middle  School  to   include  alterations  and  to
decrease the number of classrooms.
    Sec.  49. 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 of a school
in Ridgefield or  construction  of a new 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,
1997, 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.  50. Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of
section 10-283 of  the  general  statutes,  or any
regulation adopted by the State Board of Education
providing that grant commitments lapse on the June
thirtieth  of  the  year  following  the  year  of
legislative  authorization unless  prior  to  such
date the town has filed notice with the department
that the town  has  completed  all necessary steps
under its charter  and  the  general  statutes  to
appropriate  sufficient  funds   to  pay  for  the
projects and any  site  acquisition  costs for the
projects; authorized bonding  or  other  means  of
financing the appropriation;  been  authorized  to
apply  for  and   accept   state  grants  for  the
projects; and authorized the building committee to
carry out the  projects, the town of Ansonia shall
be eligible for  grants  for roof replacements for
Ansonia High School  (Project  Number  002-036RR),
Prendergast  School  (Project  Number  002-038RR),
Willis  School (Project  Number  002-039RR),  Peck
School (Project Number  002-040RR),  John  C. Mead
School    (Project    Number    (002-041RR)    and
Lincoln-Hayes School (Project Number 002-042RR).
    Sec.  51. Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of
section 10-283 of  the  general  statutes,  or any
regulation adopted pursuant  to  said section, the
projects for modular classrooms at Kennelly School
(Project Number 064-213)  and  the  renovation and
code compliance projects  at  Hartford Public High
School,  Naylor,  Burr,   West   Middle,  Webster,
Rawson, Hooker, Twain,  LCC, Wish, Dwight, Barbour
and Barnard-Brown Schools (Project Numbers 064-217
to 064-229, inclusive) in Hartford 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,  1997,  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.  52. 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  Hartford  may  let out for bid on and
commence  projects  for   renovations   and   code
compliance (Project Numbers  064-217  to  064-229,
inclusive) at Hartford Public High School, Naylor,
Burr, West Middle, Webster, Rawson, Hooker, Twain,
LCC,  Wish,  Dwight,   Barbour  and  Barnard-Brown
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.  53. Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of
subdivision  (1)  of  subsection  (a)  of  section
10-286 of the  general statutes or any regulations
adopted by the  State Board of Education requiring
that the highest  projected enrolment for a school
building project be  calculated for the eight-year
period from the  date the local Board of Education
files a notification  of a school building project
with the State  Department  of Education, the town
of Berlin may  calculate  projected  enrolment for
the  extension  and  alteration  project  (Project
Number 007-038EA) at Willard Elementary school for
the ten-year period from such date.
    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  at  Wells  Road  School 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, 1997,
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 10-292 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  Bridgeport may let out for bid on and
commence a project  for code violation corrections
(Project Number 015-79-049CV)  at Roosevelt 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.  56. 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  Waterford  may let out for bid on and
commence a project for window replacement (Project
Number 152-066EC) at  Cohanzie  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. 57. Section  12  of  special  act 97-4 is
amended to read as follows:
    Notwithstanding any provision  of  chapter 173
of the general  statutes,  special act, regulation
adopted pursuant to said chapter or the charter of
the City of  Hartford,  the  Hartford City Council
may   approve   and   authorize   local   funding,
INCLUDING, BUT NOT  LIMITED  TO,  THE  ISSUANCE OF
BONDS OR NOTES  OF  THE  CITY,  for the renovation
project for Hartford Public High School.
    Sec. 58. Notwithstanding  the  provisions of a
local charter or  ordinance,  any municipality, by
ordinance adopted by  its  legislative  body,  may
waive any rules, regulations or other requirements
established in such charter concerning the design,
construction, operation or maintenance of a public
school building, the  awarding of contracts or the
acquisition, use or disposition of property for or
in  connection  with  a  cooperative  or  regional
school building project  on  land  designated  for
such purpose prior  to July 1, 2000, to the extent
any such building  is  part  of  a  cooperative or
regional school building  project,  provided  such
ordinance requires that all construction contracts
and  orders be  awarded  in  accordance  with  the
provisions of subsection  (b) of section 10-287 of
the general statutes.
    Sec. 59. (a)  The Commissioner of Public Works
may contract with  the  Vernon  Street  Bus Garage
Clean  Up  Corporation   for   the  investigation,
analysis  and  remediation,   in  accordance  with
applicable    environmental    requirements    and
standards, of those  certain  parcels  of property
bounded by Vernon,  Brownell, Washington and Broad
Streets in the  city  of  Hartford.  Such contract
shall be exempt from state bidding and contracting
statutes and procedures, except for the provisions
of  chapter  35   of  the  general  statutes.  The
Commissioner of Public  Works  may pay said Vernon
Street Bus Garage  Clean  Up  Corporation  for all
costs and expenses  which  have  been incurred and
which may be  incurred  in  connection  with  such
investigation, analysis and  remediation  work, in
accordance with the contract to be entered into by
said parties. The  Commissioner  of  Public  Works
shall grant to  such  corporation  access  to said
properties which is  necessary  to accomplish such
work. The state  shall have and retain any and all
liabilities  arising  from   conditions   on  said
properties, except to  the extent such liabilities
arise from the acts of said corporation.
    (b)  Those  parcels  of  property  bounded  by
Vernon, Brownell, Washington  and Broad Streets in
the  city  of   Hartford,  and  any  environmental
investigation, analysis and  development occurring
on said properties,  shall  not  be subject to the
provisions of sections  22a-1b  and  22a-12 of the
general statutes.
    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  Granby  may  let  out  for bid on and
commence a project  for  alteration  at Wells Road
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 by the State Board of Education
providing that grant commitments lapse on the June
thirtieth  of  the  year  following  the  year  of
legislative  authorization unless  prior  to  such
date the town has filed notice with the department
that the town  has  completed  all necessary steps
under its charter  and  the  general  statutes  to
appropriate  sufficient  funds   to  pay  for  the
project and any  site  acquisition  costs  for the
project;  authorized bonding  or  other  means  of
financing the appropriation;  been  authorized  to
apply for and accept state grants for the project;
and authorized the building committee to carry out
the project, the  town  of  New  London  shall  be
eligible for grants  for roof replacement and code
and renovations at Little Red Schoolhouse (Project
Number 095-064), technology  projects  at Jennings
Elementary   School  (Project   Number   095-070),
Edgerton   Elementary   School   (Project   Number
095-071),  Winthrop  Elementary   School  (Project
Number  095-067),  Bennie   Dover  Jackson  Middle
School (Project Number  095-066),  New London High
School  (Project  Number   095-065),  Nathan  Hale
Elementary  School (Project  Number  095-068)  and
Harbor Elementary School (Project Number 095-069).
    Sec.  62. 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 London may let out for bid on and
commence  projects  for   Nathan  Hale  Elementary
(Project  Numbers  095-060,   095-068),   Winthrop
Elementary  (Project  Numbers  095-058,  095-067),
Harbor   Elementary  (Project   Numbers   095-061,
095-069  and 095-053)  New  London  High  (Project
Numbers 095-052 and  095-065), Edgerton Elementary
(Project Numbers 095-057  and  095-071),  Jennings
Elementary (Project Numbers  095-070 and 095-056),
Bennie  Dover  Jackson   Middle   (Project  Number
095-066),  and  Little  Red  Schoolhouse  (Project
Number  095-064)  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.  63. 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,  1997,  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.  64. Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of
section 10-283 of  the  general  statutes,  or any
regulation adopted pursuant  to  said section, the
project  for  construction  of  a  new  elementary
school at Chapel  Street  School  in  the  town of
Stratford 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  town  files   applications  for  such  school
building project prior to June 30, 1997, 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.  65. 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  Plymouth  may change the code
violation project at Fisher Middle School (Project
Number 111-045) to an alteration project.
    Sec.  66. Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of
section 10-283 of  the  general  statutes,  or any
regulation adopted pursuant  to  said section, the
project for alteration  at Fisher Middle School in
Plymouth 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, 1997,
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.  67. 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  Western,
Cross  Street  and   Prospect  Street  Schools  in
Naugatuck 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,  1997,  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.  68. Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of
section 10-283 of  the  general  statutes,  or any
regulation adopted pursuant  to  said section, the
project for extension  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, 1997,
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.  69. Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of
chapter 173 of the general statutes concerning the
date  of  application   for   qualification  as  a
renovation project, the  project  for  a school in
Wolcott (Project Number  166-049) shall qualify as
a renovation project,  provided  the project meets
all the other  requirements  of  said  chapter for
renovation projects.
    Sec.  70. 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  Mansfield  shall  be  eligible  for
reimbursement for repair  of the roof of Mansfield
Middle School.
    Sec.  71. Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of
section 10-283 of  the  general  statutes,  or any
regulation adopted pursuant  to  said section, the
project for repair of the roof at Mansfield Middle
School in Mansfield  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,
1997, 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.  72. 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  Hartford  may  let out for bid on and
commence  projects  for   construction   of  three
schools in the  learning  corridor in Hartford 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.  73. Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of
section 10-283 of  the  general  statutes,  or any
regulation adopted pursuant  to  said section, the
project  for  a  new  building  for  the  regional
vocational  agriculture  center   (Project  Number
144-094) at Trumbull  High  School  in Trumbull 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, 1997, 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.  74.  Section   10-66i   of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    All  state  statutes   concerning   education,
including provisions for eligibility for state aid
and the payment  of  grants in accordance with the
provisions  of  sections  10-283,  AS  AMENDED  BY
SECTION 76 OF  THIS  ACT,  10-286d,  [10-287h and]
10-287, AS AMENDED  BY SECTION 79 THIS ACT, 10-288
AND SECTIONS 86 AND 94 OF THIS ACT with respect to
bonds, notes or  other  obligations  issued  by  a
regional  educational service  center  to  finance
building projects approved  by the Commissioner of
Education,  shall  apply   to   the  operation  of
regional     educational     service      centers.
Notwithstanding  the  provisions   of   any  other
section of the  general  statutes,  the board of a
center shall be eligible to receive direct payment
pursuant to the provisions of section 10-76g.
    Sec. 75. Subdivision  (3) of section 10-282 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (3) "School building  project", except as used
in section 10-289,  means  (A)  the  construction,
purchase,  extension, replacement,  renovation  or
major alteration of  a  building  to  be  used for
public school purposes,  including  the  equipping
and furnishing of any such construction, purchase,
extension,   replacement,  renovation   or   major
alteration, the improvement  of  land therefor, or
the  improvement  of   the  site  of  an  existing
building for public school purposes, but shall not
include the cost  of  a site; (B) the construction
and  equipping  and   furnishing   of   any   such
construction of any  building  which  the towns of
Norwich, Winchester and  Woodstock  may provide by
lease or otherwise  for  use  by  the Norwich Free
Academy,  Gilbert School  and  Woodstock  Academy,
respectively, in furnishing  education  for public
school  pupils under  the  provisions  of  section
10-34; AND (C)  the addition to, renovation of and
equipping and furnishing  of  any such addition to
or renovation of any building which may be leased,
upon the approval of the State Board of Education,
to any local  or regional board of education for a
term of twenty years or more for use by such local
or  regional  board  in  furnishing  education  of
public school pupils.  [;  and  (D) the lease of a
facility by a  regional educational service center
for use in  furnishing  educational  programs  and
services;]
    Sec.  76.  Section   10-283   of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)  Each town  or  regional  school  district
shall be eligible  to  apply for and accept grants
FOR A SCHOOL  BUILDING PROJECT as provided in this
chapter. Any town  desiring  a  grant for a public
school  building  project  may,  by  vote  of  its
legislative body, authorize the board of education
of such town  to  apply  to  the  Commissioner  of
Education and to  accept  or reject such grant for
the town. Any  regional  school  board may vote to
authorize the supervising  agent  of  the regional
school district to  apply  to  the Commissioner of
Education for and  to  accept or reject such grant
for the district.  Applications  for  such  grants
under  this  chapter   shall   be   made   by  the
superintendent of schools of such town or regional
school district on  the  form  provided and in the
manner   prescribed   by   the   Commissioner   of
Education. Grant applications  for school building
projects shall be  reviewed by the Commissioner of
Education on the  basis of categories for building
projects  and standards  for  school  construction
established by the  State  Board  of  Education in
accordance  with  this   section,  provided  grant
applications submitted for  purposes of subsection
(a) of section  10-65  or  section 10-76e shall be
reviewed annually by the commissioner on the basis
of the educational  needs  of  the applicant. Each
SCHOOL BUILDING project  shall  be  assigned  to a
category on the  basis  of whether such project is
primarily required to:  (1)  Create new facilities
or  alter  existing   facilities  to  provide  for
mandatory instructional programs  pursuant to this
chapter,  for  physical  education  facilities  in
compliance with Title  IX  of  the  Elementary and
Secondary  Education  Act   of   1972  where  such
programs or such  compliance  cannot  be  provided
within existing facilities  or  for the correction
of  code violations  which  cannot  be  reasonably
addressed  within  existing   program  space;  (2)
create new facilities or alter existing facilities
to   enhance  mandatory   instructional   programs
pursuant to this  chapter  or  provide  comparable
facilities among schools  to  all  students at the
same  grade level  or  levels  within  the  school
district   unless  such   project   is   otherwise
explicitly included in  another  category pursuant
to this section;  and (3) create new facilities or
alter existing facilities  to  provide  supportive
services,  provided  in   no   event   shall  such
supportive   services  include   swimming   pools,
auditoriums, outdoor athletic  facilities,  tennis
courts,   elementary  school   playgrounds,   site
improvement  or garages  or  storage,  parking  or
general   recreation   areas.   All   applications
submitted prior to  the  first  day of July in any
year   shall   be   reviewed   promptly   by   the
commissioner and the amount of the grant for which
such project is  eligible  shall be estimated. The
commissioner shall annually  prepare  a listing of
all such eligible  SCHOOL BUILDING projects listed
by  category  together  with  the  amount  of  the
estimated grants therefor  [including  an estimate
of the grant  for  payment  of  interest cost] and
shall submit the  same  to  the  Governor  and the
General Assembly on or before the fifteenth day of
December, except as  provided  in section 10-283a,
with a request  for  authorization  to  enter into
grant  commitments. Each  such  listing  submitted
after  December  1995  shall  include  a  separate
schedule of authorized projects which have changed
in scope or  cost  to  a  degree determined by the
commissioner. The percentage  determined  pursuant
to section 10-285a  at  the time a SCHOOL BUILDING
project on such schedule was originally authorized
shall be used  for  purposes of the grant for such
project.  The  General   Assembly  shall  annually
authorize the commissioner  to  enter  into  grant
commitments on behalf  of  the state in accordance
with the commissioner's  categorized  listing  for
such  projects  as   the  General  Assembly  shall
determine. The commissioner may not enter into any
such grant commitments  except  pursuant  to  such
legislative  authorization. [The  State  Board  of
Education shall issue regulations to carry out the
duties of the  board  and  the  commissioner under
this section.] Any  regional school district which
assumes the responsibility  for  completion  of  a
public school building  project  shall be eligible
for a grant pursuant to subdivision (5) or (6), as
the case may  be,  of  subsection  (a)  of section
10-286, AS AMENDED BY SECTION 78 OF THIS ACT, when
such project is  completed  and  accepted  by such
regional school district.  For  the purpose of any
final  grant  calculation   completed  during  the
fiscal year ending  June  30,  1984,  and for each
fiscal year thereafter, in computing the amount of
a  state  grant  for  a  school  building  project
involving  the  construction   of   a  new  school
facility or the  purchase  or  lease of a facility
for which a  grant application is submitted within
five years after  any  abandonment,  sale,  lease,
demolition or redirection  of  use  of  any school
facility  constructed  or   renovated  with  state
assistance, the Commissioner  of  Education  shall
deduct from the  net  eligible cost of such school
building project any  grant amounts paid or due on
the  abandoned,  sold,   leased,   demolished   or
redirected facility from  the  date  such facility
was  abandoned,  sold,   leased,   demolished   or
redirected. No such  deduction  shall  be made for
any grant which was paid or is being paid pursuant
to subsection (b)  of this section, subsection (a)
of section 10-65 or section 10-76e.
    (b)  Notwithstanding  the   application   date
requirements of this  section, the Commissioner of
Education  may approve  applications  [for  grants
pursuant to subdivision  (9)  of subsection (a) of
section 10-286 and]  for  grants  to assist school
building projects to  remedy  damage from fire and
catastrophe or to correct safety, health and other
code violations at  any  time  within the limit of
available grant authorization  and  make  payments
thereon within the limit of appropriated funds.
    Sec. 77. Subsection  (b) of section 10-285b of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (b) In the  case of a school building project,
as defined in  subparagraph (A) of subdivision (3)
of section 10-282,  AS  AMENDED  BY  SECTION 75 OF
THIS ACT, the amount of the grant approved by said
commissioner shall be  computed  pursuant  to  the
provisions of subdivision (3) of subsection (a) of
section 10-286, AS  AMENDED  BY SECTION 78 OF THIS
ACT, and in  the  case  of  an  administrative  or
service facility the  amount of the grant approved
by said commissioner shall be computed as one-half
of  the eligible  percentage,  as  determined  for
school building projects  computed pursuant to the
provisions of said  subdivision  (3) of subsection
(a) of section  10-286,  of  the  eligible project
cost, provided that  the  percentage  of  eligible
costs shall be  determined  pursuant to subsection
(c) of this  section. The calculation of the grant
pursuant  to  this   section   shall  be  made  in
accordance   with   the   state   standard   space
specifications in effect  at  the  time  of  final
grant calculation. In  the  case  of  projects  to
correct code violations, as defined in subdivision
(7) of section  10-282,  the  amount  of the grant
approved by said commissioner shall be computed in
the  manner specified  for  a  secondary  regional
school district pursuant  to subdivision [(8)] (7)
of SAID subsection  (a) of section 10-286 provided
that the percentage  of  eligible  costs  shall be
determined  pursuant to  subsection  (c)  of  this
section.  [For  purposes   of  calculating  grants
pursuant  to  this  subsection  "eligible  project
costs"  shall  include   interest  on  obligations
issued by any  incorporated or endowed high school
or  academy,  approved   by  the  State  Board  of
Education pursuant to  section  10-34,  for school
building  projects  authorized  pursuant  to  this
section.]  Grant  payments   shall   be   made  in
accordance with this chapter, as deemed applicable
by the state Department of Education.
    Sec. 78. Subsection  (a)  of section 10-286 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) The amount  of  the  grant approved by the
Commissioner of Education  under the provisions of
this chapter for  any  completed  school  building
project shall be computed as follows:
    (1) For the  fiscal year ending June 30, 1984,
and each fiscal  year thereafter, in the case of a
new school plant,  an  extension  of  an  existing
school building or  projects  involving  the major
alteration of any existing building to be used for
school  purposes,  the   eligible  percentage,  as
determined in section  10-285a,  of  the result of
multiplying together the  number  representing the
highest  projected  enrolment,   based   on   data
acceptable to the  Commissioner  of Education, for
such building during  the  eight-year  period from
the date a  local  or  regional board of education
files a notification of a proposed school building
project with the  state  Department  of Education,
the  number  of   gross   square  feet  per  pupil
determined by the  Commissioner of Education to be
adequate for the  kind  of  educational program or
programs intended, and  the  eligible cost of such
project, divided by  the gross square feet of such
building,   or   the   eligible   percentage,   as
determined in section  10-285a,  of  the  eligible
cost of such project, whichever is less, provided,
(A) any such  project  on  which  construction was
started prior to July 1, 1975, shall be reimbursed
under the formula  in  effect  prior to said date,
(B) any such  project  on  which  construction  or
payments under this  chapter  were  started  after
June 30, 1975,  but  prior to July 31, 1983, shall
be reimbursed based  upon  the data, submitted for
each  such  project  and  accepted  by  the  state
Department  of  Education   during   said  period,
representing the number  of  pupils  the plant was
designed to accommodate, (C) any project for which
final grant calculation  has  been made after June
30, 1975, but  prior  to  July  31, 1983, shall be
reimbursed based upon  such  final calculation and
(D) any such  project  for  which  estimated grant
payments were begun  prior to July 31, 1983, shall
be reimbursed based  upon  the calculation formula
used in making such estimated grant payments;
    (2) In case of projects involving the purchase
of an existing  building  to  be  used  for school
purposes, the eligible  percentage,  as determined
in  section  10-285a,  of  the  eligible  cost  as
determined  by  the   Commissioner  of  Education,
provided any project  for  which an application is
made on or  after  July  1,  1995,  involving  the
purchase and renovation  of  an existing facility,
may   be   exempt    from   the   standard   space
specifications, and otherwise  ineligible  repairs
and replacements may  be  considered  eligible for
reimbursement  as  part  of  such  a  project,  if
information   is  provided   acceptable   to   the
commissioner documenting the  need  for  such work
and the cost  savings  to the state and the school
district of such  purchase  and renovation project
in comparison to alternative construction options;
    (3) If any  school  building project described
in subdivisions (1)  and  (2)  of  this subsection
includes  the  construction,  extension  or  major
alteration of outdoor  athletic facilities, tennis
courts or a  natatorium,  gymnasium or auditorium,
the grant for  the  construction  of  such outdoor
athletic facilities, tennis  courts and natatorium
shall  be limited  to  one-half  of  the  eligible
percentage for subdivisions (1) and (2) of the net
eligible cost of  construction  thereof; the grant
for  the construction  of  an  area  of  spectator
seating in a  gymnasium  shall  be one-half of the
eligible percentage for  subdivisions  (1) and (2)
of the net  eligible cost of construction thereof;
and the grant  for the construction of the seating
area in an auditorium shall be limited to one-half
of the eligible  percentage  for  subdivisions (1)
and (2) of  the  net eligible cost of construction
of the portion of such area that seats one-half of
the  projected  enrolment   of  the  building,  as
defined in subdivision  (1)  of  this  subsection,
which it serves;
    (4)  In the  case  of  a  regional  vocational
agriculture center or  the  purchase  of equipment
pursuant to subsection  (a)  of section 10-65 or a
regional special education  facility  pursuant  to
section 10-76e, an  amount  equal  to the eligible
cost  of  such   project,  as  determined  by  the
Commissioner of Education;
    (5)  In  the   case   of   a   public   school
administrative or service  facility,  one-half  of
the eligible percentage  for  subdivisions (1) and
(2) of this  subsection  of  the  eligible project
cost  as  determined   by   the   Commissioner  of
Education,  or  in   the   case   of   a  regional
educational  service  center   administrative   or
service  facility,  the  eligible  percentage,  as
determined pursuant to  subsection  (c) of section
10-285a,  of  the   eligible   project   cost   as
determined by the commissioner;
    (6) In the  case of the total replacement of a
roof or the  total  replacement  of a portion of a
roof which has  existed for at least twenty years,
or in the  case of the total replacement of a roof
or the total  replacement  of  a portion of a roof
which has existed for fewer than twenty years when
it is determined  by  a  registered  architect  or
registered engineer that  such roof was improperly
designed or improperly constructed and the town is
prohibited from recovery  of  damages  or  has  no
other recourse at  law  or in equity, the eligible
percentage for subdivisions  (1)  and  (2) of this
subsection, of the  eligible cost as determined by
the Commissioner of  Education. In the case of the
total  replacement  of   a   roof   or  the  total
replacement of a  portion  of  a  roof  which  has
existed for fewer  than  twenty  years  when it is
determined by a registered architect or registered
engineer that such roof was improperly designed or
improperly constructed and  the  town has recourse
at law or  in  equity  and recovers less than such
eligible  cost,  the   eligible   percentage   for
subdivisions (1) and (2) of this subsection of the
difference between such recovery and such eligible
cost;
    (7) For the  fiscal year ending June 30, 1984,
and for each  fiscal  year thereafter, in the case
of  projects  to   correct  code  violations,  the
eligible  percentage,  as  determined  in  section
10-285a, of the eligible cost as determined by the
Commissioner of Education;
    [(8) Commencing with  applications filed on or
after July 1,  1991,  in  the  case  of  a project
involving the lease  of  a  facility by a regional
educational service center  for  use in furnishing
educational programs and  services,  the  eligible
percentage, as determined  pursuant  to subsection
(c) of section  10-285a,  of  the eligible project
cost  as  determined   by   the   Commissioner  of
Education.  Grants pursuant  to  this  subdivision
shall be paid  on  a  current  year  basis  if the
regional  educational  service   center  files  an
application to lease  a  facility  with  the state
Department of Education  on or before August first
of each year.  No such facility or portion thereof
may be eligible  for a grant unless the local fire
marshal has declared  the  facility  suitable  for
occupancy as a  facility  for  use  in  furnishing
educational programs and  services.  Eligible cost
pursuant to this  subdivision  shall be limited to
the lease cost  of  the  building net of any other
costs. Grant payments  shall  be  made as follows:
Twenty-five per cent  of  the  estimated  cost  in
October, twenty-five per  cent  of  the  estimated
cost in January,  and the balance of the estimated
cost in April. The actual cost will be reported on
or before September  first  following  the year of
application on the end of school year report filed
by each regional  educational  service  center. If
the  Commissioner  of  Education  determines  that
there has been an underpayment or overpayment in a
grant  made  pursuant  to  this  subdivision,  the
commissioner shall calculate  the  amount  of  the
underpayment or overpayment  and  shall adjust the
amount of the  grant  payment  for the fiscal year
next  following the  fiscal  year  in  which  such
underpayment or overpayment  was  made. The amount
of the adjustment  shall be equal to the amount of
the underpayment or  overpayment. If the amount of
the overpayment exceeds  the grant payment for the
fiscal year next  following  the  fiscal  year  in
which  such overpayment  was  made,  the  regional
educational service center shall, upon the request
of  the  commissioner,   pay  the  department  the
difference. Any lease pursuant to this subdivision
shall be for  a period not to exceed twenty years.
In no event  shall  the  reimbursement pursuant to
this subdivision be  based  upon a cost per square
foot  which exceeds  the  cost  determined  to  be
reasonable by the Commissioner of Education;
    (9)] (8) In  the  case of a renovation project
for which an  application is made on or after July
1, 1995, the  eligible percentage as determined in
subsection (b) of  section  10-285a, multiplied by
the   eligible  costs   as   determined   by   the
commissioner, provided the  project  may be exempt
from  the  standard   space   specifications,  and
otherwise ineligible repairs  and replacements may
be considered eligible  for  reimbursement as part
of such a  project,  if  information  is  provided
acceptable  to the  commissioner  documenting  the
need for such  work  and  the  cost savings to the
state and the  school  district of such renovation
project in comparison  to alternative construction
options.
    Sec. 79. Subsection  (a)  of section 10-287 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) A grant  FOR  A  SCHOOL  BUILDING  PROJECT
under  this chapter  to  meet  project  costs  not
eligible  for  state  financial  assistance  under
section 10-287a shall  be paid in instalments, the
number  and  time   of   payment  of  which  shall
correspond to the  number  and  time  of PRINCIPAL
instalment payments on  municipal bonds, including
PRINCIPAL  payments  to   retire  temporary  notes
renewed  for  the   third   and  subsequent  years
pursuant to section  7-378a  or 7-378e, issued for
the purpose of  financing  such costs and shall be
equal to the  state's  share  of project costs per
PRINCIPAL instalment on  municipal bonds or notes,
except in cases  where  the project has been fully
paid for, in  which case the number of instalments
shall be five  or,  in  the  case  of  a  regional
vocational  agriculture center  or  a  cooperative
regional special educational  facility,  shall  be
one; provided final  payment  shall  not  be  made
prior to an  audit conducted by the State Board of
Education  for each  project  for  which  a  final
calculation was not  made  prior to July 31, 1983.
Grants under twenty-five thousand dollars shall be
paid  in  one   lump   sum.  THE  COMMISSIONER  OF
EDUCATION SHALL CERTIFY  TO THE STATE COMPTROLLER,
UPON COMPLETION OF  THE  ISSUANCE OF BONDS OR SUCH
RENEWAL OF TEMPORARY  NOTES TO FINANCE EACH SCHOOL
BUILDING PROJECT, THE  DATES  AND AMOUNTS OF GRANT
PAYMENTS TO BE  MADE  PURSUANT TO THIS CHAPTER AND
THE STATE COMPTROLLER  SHALL  DRAW AN ORDER ON THE
STATE TREASURER UPON SUCH CERTIFICATION TO PAY THE
AMOUNTS   SO  CERTIFIED   WHEN   DUE.   ALL   SITE
ACQUISITION AND PROJECT  COST GRANT PAYMENTS SHALL
BE MADE AT  LEAST  TEN DAYS PRIOR TO THE PRINCIPAL
PAYMENT  ON  BONDS   OR  TEMPORARY  NOTES  RELATED
THERETO OR SHORT-TERM  FINANCING ISSUED TO FINANCE
SUCH SITE ACQUISITION  OR  PROJECT.  Annual  grant
instalments  paid  pursuant  to  this  section  on
PRINCIPAL instalment payments  to retire temporary
notes renewed pursuant to section 7-378a or 7-378e
shall be based each year on the amount required to
be retired pursuant  to said sections, as adjusted
for any ineligible  project  costs,  and  shall be
paid only if  at the time such temporary notes are
renewed the rate  of  interest  applicable to such
notes is less than the rate of interest that would
be applicable with respect to twenty-year bonds if
issued  at  the   time   of   such   renewal.  The
determination related to  such  rates  of interest
pursuant to this  subsection  may  be reviewed and
shall be subject  to  approval by the Commissioner
of Education prior  to  renewal  of such notes. IN
THE EVENT THAT  A  SCHOOL  BUILDING PROJECT IS NOT
COMPLETED AT THE  TIME  BONDS  OR  TEMPORARY NOTES
RELATED THERETO ARE ISSUED TO FINANCE THE PROJECT,
THE  CERTIFICATION  OF  THE  GRANT  PAYMENTS  MADE
PURSUANT TO THIS  SECTION  BY  THE COMMISSIONER OF
EDUCATION MAY BE BASED ON ESTIMATES, PROVIDED UPON
COMPLETION OF SUCH  PROJECT  AND  NOTIFICATION  OF
FINAL ACCEPTANCE TO THE STATE, THE COMMISSIONER OF
EDUCATION SHALL ADJUST AND RECERTIFY THE DATES AND
AMOUNTS OF SUBSEQUENT  GRANT PAYMENTS BASED ON THE
STATE'S SHARE OF FINAL ELIGIBLE COSTS.
    Sec.  80.  Section   10-287c  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    The State Board  of Education is authorized to
prescribe such rules  and  regulations  as  may be
necessary  to implement  the  provisions  of  this
chapter,  provided any  rules  or  regulations  to
implement the provisions  of  sections  10-283, AS
AMENDED BY SECTION  76  OF  THIS  ACT,  10-287, AS
AMENDED BY SECTION  79  OF THIS ACT, 10-287a, [and
10-287g] SECTION 86 OF THIS ACT AND SUBSECTION (b)
OF SECTION 95  OF  THIS ACT shall be prescribed in
consultation with the  Secretary  of the Office of
Policy and Management.  Whenever  the Commissioner
of Education has  made  a  commitment  for a grant
prior to the  completion  of a project as provided
in section 10-287a, and said commissioner has made
advances thereon as  provided in said section, any
such rules or regulations prescribed in accordance
with this section which were in effect at the time
of  such  commitment   and   advances   shall   be
applicable  to  any   additional   commitment  and
subsequent advances with respect to said project.
    Sec.  81.  Section   10-287d  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    For the purposes of FUNDING grants to projects
that have received  approval of the State Board of
Education pursuant to  sections 10-287, AS AMENDED
BY SECTION 79 OF THIS ACT, and 10-287a, subsection
(a) of section  10-65  and  section 10-76e, and to
assist school building  projects  to remedy safety
and health violations  and  damage  from  fire and
catastrophe, 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  billion
[four] SIX hundred [forty-six] NINETY-NINE million
[one]  FIVE  hundred   SIXTY   thousand   dollars,
provided one hundred  [thirty] THIRTY-FOUR million
EIGHT  HUNDRED  TEN   THOUSAND   dollars  of  said
authorization shall be  effective  July  1, [1996]
1998. 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.  82.  Section   10-287e  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    All moneys received by the state in payment of
the  principal  of   and  the  interest  on  bonds
purchased  and  held   by   the  state  under  the
provisions  of  section   10-287b   of   the  1969
supplement to the  general statutes, together with
all  net  earnings  on  the  temporary  investment
thereof, shall comprise  a  fund  to be designated
"School Building Construction Fund" and the moneys
in said fund shall be used to pay the principal of
and the interest  on  bonds  issued  by  the State
Treasurer  under [section]  SECTIONS  10-287d,  AS
AMENDED BY SECTION  81 OF THIS ACT, AND 93 OF THIS
ACT, and of  notes,  to  the  extent  not  paid by
renewal  notes,  issued  in  anticipation  of  the
receipt of the proceeds of such bonds.
    Sec.  83.  Section   10-289a  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    Notwithstanding  any other  provision  of  the
general  statutes,  in  the  case  of  any  school
building project for  which the total cost is less
than one million  dollars,  the  state  shall  not
require permanent local  financing  prior  to  the
payment of a  grant  FOR A SCHOOL BUILDING PROJECT
under this chapter.  In  any such case, the school
district may pay  off its debt on any such project
over a period  not  to  exceed  four  years if the
school district promptly applies all project grant
payments toward project costs or toward payment of
temporary notes as the same become due and payable
and provides for  the  payment  of  such  notes in
equal annual instalments  commencing no later than
one year from  the date of issue. [The state shall
pay the same  portion of the interest on the short
term financial obligations  of  the district as if
permanent financing had been used.]
    Sec. 84. Subsection  (a) of section 10-264h of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) For the  fiscal year ending June 30, 1996,
and  each  fiscal  year  thereafter,  a  local  or
regional   board   of    education   or   regional
educational service center  may  be  eligible  for
reimbursement up to  the  full  reasonable cost of
any   capital  expenditure   for   the   purchase,
construction, extension, replacement,  leasing  or
major alteration of  interdistrict  magnet  school
facilities,  including  any  expenditure  for  the
purchase of equipment,  in  accordance  with  this
section. To be  eligible  for  reimbursement under
this section a  magnet school construction project
shall meet the  requirements FOR A SCHOOL BUILDING
PROJECT established in  chapter  173,  except that
the commissioner may waive any requirement in such
chapter for good cause.
    Sec. 85. (NEW)  As  used in sections 54 to 65,
inclusive, of this act:
    (1) "Bonds or  municipal  bonds" means (A) any
bond,  note,  certificate  or  other  evidence  of
indebtedness,  and  (B)  any  energy  conservation
lease purchase agreement.
    (2)   "Energy  conservation   lease   purchase
agreement"  means  an  energy  conservation  lease
purchase agreement, as defined in subdivision (17)
of section 10-282  of  the  general  statutes,  as
amended by section 75 of this act.
    (3) "Interest subsidy  grants" means the grant
payments by the  state to pay the interest cost on
bonds, or on temporary notes renewed in accordance
with  section 7-378a  or  7-378e  of  the  general
statutes into the  third or any subsequent year of
such renewal following the date of issuance of the
original notes, issued  by a town, regional school
district or regional educational service center to
finance a school building project.
    (4)  "Regional  educational   service  center"
means a body  corporate  and  politic  established
pursuant to the  provisions of part IVa of chapter
164 of the general statutes.
    (5)  "School building  project"  means  school
building project, as  defined in subsection (3) of
section 10-282 of the general statutes, as amended
by section 75 of this act.
    Sec.  86.  (NEW)   (a)   For  school  building
projects authorized by  the General Assembly prior
to July 1,  1996,  and  for  projects  pursuant to
subsection (b) of  section  10-283  of the general
statutes, as amended  by  section  76 of this act,
for which application  was  made  prior to July 1,
1997, each town and regional school district shall
be  eligible to  apply  for  and  accept  interest
subsidy grants, as  provided in sections 85 to 96,
inclusive,  of this  act.  Any  town  desiring  an
interest  subsidy  grant   may,  by  vote  of  its
legislative body, authorize the board of education
of such town  to  apply  to  the  Commissioner  of
Education and to  accept or reject such grants for
the town. Any  regional  school  board may vote to
authorize the supervising  agent  of  the regional
school district to  apply  to  the Commissioner of
Education for and  to accept or reject such grants
for the district.  Applications  for  such  grants
under sections 85  to  96,  inclusive, of this act
shall be made  by the superintendent of schools of
such town or  regional school district on the form
provided  and in  the  manner  prescribed  by  the
Commissioner  of  Education.   Grant  applications
under sections 85  to  96,  inclusive, of this act
shall  be  received,   reviewed  and  approved  or
disapproved by the  Commissioner of Education. All
applications submitted prior  to  the first day of
July in any year shall be reviewed promptly by the
commissioner and the  amount of the grant shall be
estimated. The commissioner shall annually prepare
a  listing  of  all  such  eligible  grants  under
sections 85 to 96, inclusive, of this act together
with the amount  of  the estimated grants therefor
and shall submit  the same to the Governor and the
General Assembly on or before the fifteenth day of
December, except as provided in section 87 of this
act, with a  request  for  authorization  to enter
into grant commitments. The General Assembly shall
annually authorize the  commissioner to enter into
grant  commitments  on  behalf  of  the  state  in
accordance  with the  commissioner's  listing  for
such  grants  as   the   General   Assembly  shall
determine. The commissioner  shall  not enter into
any such grant commitments except pursuant to such
legislative authorization.
    (b)  Notwithstanding  the   application   date
requirements of this  section, the Commissioner of
Education may approve  applications  for  interest
subsidy grants in  connection with school building
projects   to  remedy   damage   from   fire   and
catastrophe or to correct safety, health and other
code violations at  any  time  within the limit of
available grant authorization  and  make  payments
thereon within the limit of appropriated funds.
    Sec.  87. (NEW)  A  committee  to  review  the
listing of eligible  grants  submitted pursuant to
sections 85 to 96, inclusive, of this act shall be
appointed annually on  or  before July first. Such
committee  may  be  the  same  committee  that  is
appointed  pursuant  to  section  10-283a  of  the
general statutes. The  listing  of eligible grants
shall be submitted  to  said  committee  prior  to
December fifteenth annually  to  determine if said
listing is in  compliance  with section 86 of this
act. The committee  may  modify  the listing if it
finds that the  Commissioner of Education acted in
an   arbitrary   or    unreasonable    manner   in
establishing the listing.  Prior to February first
annually, the committee  shall submit the approved
or modified listing  of grants to the Governor and
the General Assembly.
    Sec.  88.  (NEW)   (a)   The  Commissioner  of
Education is authorized  to  receive,  review  and
approve  applications  for   state   grants  under
sections 85 to  96,  inclusive, of this act, or to
disapprove any such  application  if  it  does not
meet the standards  or  school building priorities
established by the State Board of Education.
    (b) When any  such  application  is  approved,
said  commissioner  shall  certify  to  the  State
Comptroller the amount  of the grant for which the
town,  regional  school   district   or   regional
educational  service  center   is  eligible  under
sections 85 to  96, inclusive, of this act and the
amount and time  of  the  payment thereunder. Upon
receipt   of   such   certification,   the   State
Comptroller is authorized and directed to draw his
order on the State Treasurer in such amount and at
such time as certified by said commissioner.
    Sec. 89. (NEW)  (a) The percentage of interest
subsidy grant money a local board of education may
be eligible to  receive  under  the  provisions of
section 91 of  this  act  shall  be  determined as
follows:  (1)  Each   town   shall  be  ranked  in
descending  order  from   one   to   one   hundred
sixty-nine  according  to   such  town's  adjusted
equalized net grand list per capita, as defined in
section 10-261 of  the general statutes; (2) based
upon such ranking,  a  percentage of not less than
twenty nor more  than  eighty  shall be determined
for each town on a continuous scale.
    (b) The percentage  of  interest subsidy grant
money  a  regional   board  of  education  may  be
eligible  to  receive   under  the  provisions  of
section 91 of  this act shall be determined by its
ranking. Such ranking  shall  be determined by (1)
multiplying the total  population,  as  defined in
section 10-261 of  the  general  statutes, of each
town in the  district  by  such town's ranking, as
determined in subsection  (a) of this section, (2)
adding  together  the   figures  determined  under
subdivision  (1)  of   this  subsection,  and  (3)
dividing the total  computed under subdivision (2)
of this subsection  by the total population of all
towns  in  the   district.  The  ranking  of  each
regional board of  education  shall  be rounded to
the next higher  whole  number and each such board
shall receive the same reimbursement percentage as
would a town with the same rank. In the case of an
interest  subsidy  grant   (A)   for  a  secondary
regional  school  district,   such   reimbursement
percentage shall be increased by five per cent and
(B) for a  regional  school district accommodating
pupils in kindergarten to grade twelve, inclusive,
such reimbursement percentage  shall  be increased
by ten per  cent,  except  that no such percentage
shall exceed eighty-five per cent.
    (c) The percentage  of  interest subsidy grant
money a regional educational service center may be
eligible to receive  shall  be  determined  by its
ranking. Such ranking  shall  be determined by (1)
multiplying the population  of each member town in
the regional educational  service  center  by such
town's ranking, as determined in subsection (a) of
this section, (2)  adding together the figures for
each town determined under subdivision (1) of this
subsection and (3)  dividing  the  total  computed
under subdivision (2)  of  this  subsection by the
total  population  of  all  member  towns  in  the
regional educational service  center.  The ranking
of each regional  educational service center shall
be rounded to  the  next  higher  whole number and
each   such  center   shall   receive   the   same
reimbursement percentage as  would a town with the
same rank.
    Sec.  90.  (NEW)   (a)   For  school  building
projects authorized by  the General Assembly prior
to July 1,  1996,  and  for  projects  pursuant to
subsection (b) of  section  10-283  of the general
statutes, as amended  by  section  76 of this act,
for which application  was  made  prior to July 1,
1997, any incorporated  or  endowed high school or
academy approved by  the  State Board of Education
pursuant to section  10-34 of the general statutes
may  apply and  be  eligible  subsequently  to  be
considered for interest  subsidy grant commitments
from the state  pursuant  to  sections  85  to 96,
inclusive, of this  act.  Applications pursuant to
this subsection shall be filed at such time and on
such forms as  the  state  Department of Education
prescribes. The Commissioner  of  Education  shall
approve   such  applications   pursuant   to   the
provisions  of  section  88  of  this  act  deemed
applicable by the state Department of Education.
    (b) The amount  of  any interest subsidy grant
approved by said  commissioner  under this section
shall be computed  pursuant  to  the provisions of
section 91 of  this  act.  Grant payments shall be
made  in  accordance   with  sections  85  to  96,
inclusive, of this  act,  as  deemed applicable by
the state Department of Education.
    (c) The percentage  of  interest subsidy grant
money each incorporated  or endowed high school or
academy  may be  eligible  to  receive  under  the
provisions of subsection (b) of this section shall
be determined by its ranking. The ranking shall be
determined   by   (1)    multiplying   the   total
population, as defined  in  section  10-261 of the
general statutes, of  each town which, at the time
of  application for  such  grant  commitment,  has
designated such school as the high school for such
town for a period of not less than five years from
the  date of  such  application,  by  such  town's
percentile ranking, as  determined  in  subsection
(a) of section 89 of this act, (2) adding together
the  figures  for   each   town  determined  under
subdivision  (1)  of   this   subsection  and  (3)
dividing the total  computed under subdivision (2)
of this subsection  by the total population of all
towns which designate  the  school  as  their high
school under subdivision  (1)  of this subsection.
The   ranking   determined    pursuant   to   this
subdivision shall be  rounded  to  the next higher
whole number. Such  high  school  or academy shall
receive the same reimbursement percentage as would
a town with the same rank.
    (d) In order  for  an  incorporated or endowed
high school or  academy  to  be  eligible  for  an
interest subsidy grant commitment pursuant to this
section, such high  school  or  academy  shall (1)
provide educational services  to the town or towns
designating it as the high school for such town or
towns for a  period  of  not  less  than ten years
after completion of  the  interest  subsidy  grant
payments under this  section  and (2) provide that
at  least  half   of  the  governing  board  which
exercises final educational,  financial  and legal
responsibility for the  high  school  or  academy,
exclusive  of  the  chairman  of  such  board,  be
representatives  of  the   board   or   boards  of
education designating the  high  school or academy
as the high school for each such board's town.
    Sec. 91. (NEW)  (a) The amount of the interest
subsidy  grant approved  by  the  Commissioner  of
Education under the  provisions  of sections 85 to
96, inclusive, of  this  act shall be the eligible
percentage, as determined  in  section  89 of this
act, times the  eligible  interest costs, provided
such interest subsidy  grant amount and percentage
may be adjusted  by  the Commissioner of Education
to the same  extent  that the grant for the school
building project financed  by  the  bonds  of  the
town,  regional  school   district   or   regional
educational service center  to which such interest
subsidy  grant relates  is  adjusted  pursuant  to
section 10-286 of the general statutes, as amended
by section 78 of this act.
    (b) In the  case  of any grants computed under
this section, any  federal  funds  or  other state
funds received for such costs covered by the grant
shall be deducted  from  cost  estimates  prior to
computation of the grant.
    Sec. 92. (NEW)  (a)  An interest subsidy grant
approved under sections  85  to  96, inclusive, of
this act shall  be paid in instalments, the number
and time of  payment  of which shall correspond to
the  number  and   time   of  interest  instalment
payments on municipal bonds, including payments to
retire temporary notes  renewed  for the third and
subsequent years pursuant  to  section  7-378a  or
7-378e of the  general  statutes  issued  for  the
purpose of financing  the  school building project
to which such  interest  subsidy grant relates and
shall be equal  to  the  state's share of interest
costs per interest  instalment  on municipal bonds
or notes, provided final payment shall not be made
prior to an  audit conducted by the state Board of
Education.   Annual   interest    subsidy    grant
installments  paid pursuant  to  this  section  on
interest installment payments  to retire temporary
notes renewed pursuant  to  said section 7-378a or
7-378e shall be  paid  only  if  at  the time such
temporary notes are  renewed, the rate of interest
applicable to such  notes is less than the rate of
interest that would  be applicable with respect to
twenty-year bonds if  issued  at  the time of such
renewal. The determination  related  to such rates
of interest pursuant  to  this  subsection  may be
reviewed and shall  be  subject to approval by the
Commissioner of Education prior to renewal of such
notes.
    (b)  If the  commissioner  determines  that  a
school building project  has  not met the approved
conditions of the  original application, the State
Board of Education  may  withhold subsequent state
interest subsidy grant  payments  related  to said
school building project  until appropriate action,
as determined by  the  commissioner,  is  taken to
cause  the  school   building  project  to  be  in
compliance with the  approved  conditions  or  may
require repayment of  all  state  interest subsidy
grant payments for  said  school  building project
when such appropriate  action  is  not  undertaken
within a reasonable time.
    Sec.  93.  (NEW)   For   purposes  of  funding
interest  subsidy  grants,   except  for  interest
subsidy grants made  pursuant to subsection (b) of
section 95 of  this  act,  the  State Treasurer is
authorized  and  directed,   subject   to  and  in
accordance with the  provisions of section 3-20 of
the general statutes,  to issue bonds of the state
from time to  time  in  one  or  more series in an
aggregate  amount  not   exceeding   one   hundred
thirteen  million  one  hundred  thousand  dollars
provided  fifty-five  million   dollars   of  said
authorization shall be  effective  July  1,  1998.
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. 94. (NEW)  Any  grant  commitment entered
into by the  Commissioner of Education on or prior
to July 1,  1997,  which  includes a commitment to
pay the interest  cost on bonds or temporary notes
renewed  in  accordance  with  section  7-378a  or
7-378e of the  general  statutes into the third or
any subsequent year  of such renewal following the
date of issuance  of the original notes, issued by
a town or  regional school district to finance the
state share of  the  cost  of  a  school  building
project  as  determined  by  the  Commissioner  of
Education, and if  not paid prior to July 1, 1997,
shall be considered  to  have  been  properly made
pursuant to, and is subject to, sections 85 to 96,
inclusive, of this  act. On or after July 1, 1997,
each  town  and  regional  school  district  shall
submit a separate  application to the Commissioner
of Education for interest subsidy grants described
in sections 85  to 96, inclusive, of this act. The
Commissioner of Education  shall  certify  to  the
State Comptroller, upon completion of the issuance
of bonds or  such  renewal of temporary notes, the
dates  and  amount   of   interest  subsidy  grant
payments to be made pursuant to sections 85 to 96,
inclusive, of this  act, and the State Comptroller
is authorized and directed to draw an order on the
State Treasurer upon such certification to pay the
amounts so certified when due. The State Treasurer
shall make such interest subsidy grant payments at
least ten days prior to the interest payment dates
on bonds or  temporary  notes  related thereto. In
the event that  a  school  building project is not
completed at the  time  bonds  or  temporary notes
related thereto or short-term financing are issued
to finance the  project,  the certification of the
interest subsidy grant amounts by the Commissioner
of Education may  be based on estimates, provided,
upon completion of  such  project and notification
of final acceptance to the state, the Commissioner
of Education shall  adjust and recertify the dates
and amounts of  subsequent  interest subsidy grant
payments  based on  the  state's  share  of  final
eligible costs.
    Sec. 95. (NEW)  (a)  Notwithstanding any other
provision of the  general statutes, in the case of
any school building  project  for  which the total
cost is less  than  one million dollars, the state
shall not require  permanent local financing prior
to the payment  of an interest subsidy grant under
sections 85 to  96, inclusive, of this act. In any
such case, the  school  district  may  pay off its
debt on any  such  project  over  a  period not to
exceed four years  if the school district promptly
applies all interest subsidy grant payments toward
interest costs on  such  debt  as the same becomes
due and payable  and  provides  for the payment of
such debt in  equal annual installments commencing
no later than one year from the date of issue. The
interest subsidy grant  percentage on such debt of
the district shall  be  the  same  as if permanent
financing had been used.
    (b) Interest subsidy grants shall be available
for bonds issued after July 1, 1971, for the local
share of the  cost  of  a  school building project
eligible for assistance  under  section 10-287a of
the general statutes.  The  State  Comptroller  is
authorized and directed  to  draw  an order on the
State   Treasurer  upon   certification   of   the
Commissioner  of Education  to  pay  any  regional
school district, town, consolidated town and city,
and  consolidated town  and  borough  an  interest
subsidy grant on  such  bonds issued after July 1,
1971, for the  local  share  of  the  cost of such
school building project  but  not in excess of the
amount certified as such share by the Commissioner
of Education for  such project. The local share of
the cost of  such  project shall be the total cost
of such project, as determined by the Commissioner
of Education to  be  eligible for assistance under
section 10-287a of  the general statutes, less the
total  grant payments  made  by  the  state.  Such
interest subsidy shall  be  the difference between
four per cent  per  annum and the lower of six per
cent per annum  or  the  net interest cost on such
bonds.   Such  payments   may   be   made   on   a
reimbursement basis in  the  event  the bonds were
issued prior to the date of certification from the
commissioner   to   the   State   Comptroller   in
accordance with sections  85  to 96, inclusive, of
this act.
    Sec.  96.  (NEW)  The  loan  obligation  of  a
private academy and  the  bonds or notes issued to
finance such loan  pursuant to sections 10-289d to
10-289g, inclusive, of  the  general  statutes, as
amended by this  act,  shall  be  secured  by  all
interest subsidy grants  committed by the state to
the  private  academy   in  connection  with  such
financing.  Whenever  it  is  established  that  a
qualifying  municipality or  private  academy  has
defaulted  in the  payment  of  the  principal  or
redemption premium or  interest  on  its  bonds or
notes or on  any  payment obligation due under any
loan agreement authorized by said sections 10-289d
to  10-289g, inclusive,  or  any  other  event  of
default under any  such loan agreement or guaranty
agreement or the  trust indenture for the bonds or
notes  occurs, the  payment  of  interest  subsidy
grants to such  qualifying municipality or private
academy pursuant to  any  provision of the general
statutes in effect  at  the  time  the  default is
established shall be withheld by the state. If the
trustee, on behalf  of  a  holder  or owner of any
such bond or  note or such qualifying municipality
or  private  academy,   files   with   the   State
Comptroller a verified  statement  describing such
default, the State Comptroller may investigate the
circumstances of the  alleged default, prepare and
file in his office a certificate setting forth his
finding with respect  to  the  default and serve a
copy of such  finding,  by registered or certified
mail, upon the  State  Treasurer  or  chief fiscal
officer of each  such  qualifying municipality and
the private academy  and  the  indenture  trustee.
Upon the filing  of  such  a verified statement in
the office of  the  State  Comptroller,  the State
Comptroller shall deduct  and  withhold  from  all
succeeding   interest   subsidy   grant   payments
otherwise due each such qualifying municipality or
private academy such  amounts  as are necessary to
pay the interest on such bonds and notes of such a
qualifying municipality until  such  time  as  the
indenture trustee files  a verified statement with
the State Comptroller  that all defaults have been
cured.  Payments of  interest  subsidy  grants  so
deducted and withheld  shall be forwarded promptly
by the State  Comptroller  and the State Treasurer
to the paying  agent  or  agents for the bonds and
notes for the  sole purpose of payment of interest
on such bonds  or  notes.  The  State  Comptroller
shall promptly notify  the  State Treasurer or the
chief  fiscal  officer  of  each  such  qualifying
municipality  and  the   private  academy  of  any
payment or payments  made  to  any paying agent or
paying agents pursuant  to this section. The state
of   Connecticut   hereby   covenants   with   the
purchasers, holders and owners, from time to time,
of  bonds  and   notes   issued  by  a  qualifying
municipality for school  purposes that it will not
limit or impair the rights and remedies granted by
this section, provided  nothing  in  this  section
shall  be construed  as  requiring  the  state  to
continue the payment of state aid or assistance to
any qualifying municipality  or private academy or
as  limiting  or   prohibiting   the   state  from
repealing or amending  any  law  relating to state
aid or assistance,  the manner and time of payment
or apportionment thereof or the amount thereof.
    Sec.  97.  (NEW)  (a)  For  purposes  of  this
section,  "regional  educational   service  center
leases"  means  the  lease  of  a  facility  by  a
regional educational service  center  for  use  in
furnishing educational programs and services.
    (b) Each regional  educational  service center
may  apply for  and  accept  grants  for  regional
educational service center  leases  as provided in
this  section. Any  regional  educational  service
center desiring a grant for a regional educational
service center lease  may  vote  to  authorize the
regional educational service  center  to  apply to
the Commissioner of Education for and to accept or
reject such grant.  Applications  for  a  regional
educational service center  lease  grant  shall be
made  on the  form  provided  and  in  the  manner
prescribed by the Commissioner of Education.
    (c)  The  Commissioner   of   Education  shall
receive,    review,   approve    and    disapprove
applications  for  regional   educational  service
center lease grants under this section.
    (d) The amount  of  the  regional  educational
service  center  lease   grant   approved  by  the
Commissioner of Education  under the provisions of
this section shall  be the eligible percentage, as
determined in subsection (c) of section 10-285a of
the general statutes,  times  the  eligible  lease
costs  as  determined   by   the  Commissioner  of
Education. Grants pursuant  to  this section shall
be paid on  a  current  year basis if the regional
educational service center files an application to
lease a facility  with  the  state  Department  of
Education on or  before August first of each year.
No  such facility  or  portion  thereof  shall  be
eligible for a grant under this section unless the
local  fire  marshal  has  declared  the  facility
suitable for occupancy  as  a  facility for use in
furnishing  educational  programs   and  services.
Eligible costs pursuant  to  this section shall be
limited to the  lease cost of the building, net of
any other costs.  Grant  payments shall be made as
follows: Twenty-five per  cent  of  the  estimated
cost  in October,  twenty-five  per  cent  of  the
estimated cost in  January, and the balance of the
estimated cost in  April.  The actual cost will be
reported on or  before  September  first following
the year of  application on the end of school year
report filed by  each regional educational service
center.   If   the   Commissioner   of   Education
determines that there  has been an underpayment or
overpayment  in a  grant  made  pursuant  to  this
section,  the  commissioner  shall  calculate  the
amount  of the  underpayment  or  overpayment  and
shall adjust the  amount  of the grant payment for
the fiscal year  next following the fiscal year in
which such underpayment  or  overpayment was made.
The amount of the adjustment shall be equal to the
amount of the  underpayment or overpayment. If the
amount  of  the   overpayment  exceeds  the  grant
payment for the  fiscal  year  next  following the
fiscal year in  which  such  overpayment was made,
the  regional educational  service  center  shall,
upon the request  of  the  commissioner,  pay  the
department the difference.  Any  lease pursuant to
this section shall  be  for a period not to exceed
twenty years. In  no event shall the reimbursement
pursuant to this  section be based upon a cost per
square foot which  exceeds  the cost determined to
be reasonable by the Commissioner of Education. In
the  case  of   any  grants  computed  under  this
section, any federal  funds  or  other state funds
received for such costs covered by the grant shall
be  deducted  from   cost   estimates   prior   to
computation of the grant.
    Sec. 98. This  act  shall take effect from its
passage, except that sections 75 to 97, inclusive,
shall take effect July 1, 1997.

Approved June 26, 1997