Substitute Senate Bill No. 1266

Public Act No. 239

An Act Concerning Authorization of State Grant Commitments for School Building Projects.

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

Section 1. The Commissioner of Education having reviewed applications for state grants for public school building projects in accordance with section 10-283 of the general statutes on the basis of priorities for such projects and standards for school construction established by the State Board of Education, and having prepared a listing of all such eligible projects ranked in order of priority, including a separate schedule of previously authorized projects which have changed substantially in scope or cost, as determined by said commissioner together with the amount of estimated grant with respect to each eligible project, and having submitted such listing of eligible projects, prior to December 15, 1998, 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, 1999, as follows:

Town

Estimated Total

Estimated

School

Project Costs

Grant

Project Number

   
     

HAMDEN

   

Bear Path Magnet School

   

082 MAG/EA

19,200,000

19,200,000

     

C.E.S.

   

Border Magnet School

   

026 MAG/N

29,337,600

29,337,600

     

ACES

   

Regional Community

   

Center Magnet

   

025 MAG/N

11,260,166

11,260,166

     

ACES

   

Educational Center for the Arts

   

027 MAG/P

5,452,975

5,452,975

     

BRIDGEPORT

   

New West Side

   

Elementary School

   

125 N

21,287,550

17,030,040

     

GUILFORD

   

Guilford High School

   

085 EA

2,800,000

980,000

     

HEBRON

   

Gilead Hill School

   

033 A

16,000

8,971

     

LEDYARD

   

Ledyard High School Vo-Ag

   

065 VA/EA

4,810,380

4,810,380

     

MANCHESTER

   

Robertson Elementary School

   

126 RE

320,000

203,424

     

NAUGATUCK

   

New Middle School

   

048 N

29,291,000

21,654,836

     

NEW HAVEN

   

Columbus School

   

325 E

539,000

425,433

     

NEWTOWN

   

New Elementary School

   

104 N

22,830,208

7,746,290

     

NORWALK

   

Brookside Elementary

   

197 N

16,215,000

5,616,876

     

SEYMOUR

   

New Middle School

   

045 N

33,847,092

21,276,282

     

SHERMAN

   

Sherman School

   

006 EA/RR*

7,146,013

1,837,240

     

SIMSBURY

   

Henry James Memorial School

   

088 EA

4,550,750

1,462,611

     

SIMSBURY

   

Tootin' Hills School

   

089 EA

7,500,000

2,410,500

     

SIMSBURY

   

Tariffville School

   

090 EA

4,184,035

1,344,749

     

SOUTHINGTON

   

Thalberg Elementary School

   

110 EA/RR

11,083,797

5,660,495

     

SOUTHINGTON

   

Strong Elementary School

   

111 EA

10,412,009

5,317,413

     

SOUTHINGTON

   

Hatton Elementary School

   

112 EA

10,782,742

5,506,746

     

STERLING

   

Sterling Memorial School

   

009 RE

150,000

103,395

     

WEST HARTFORD

   

Webster Hill Elementary School

   

177 EA

3,500,000

1,275,050

     

WEST HARTFORD

   

Norfeldt Elementary

   

School

   

178 EA

1,100,000

400,730

     

WEST HARTFORD

   

Braeburn Elementary School

   

179 EA

3,190,000

1,162,117

     

WEST HAVEN

   

Alma E. Pagels School

   

118 EA

9,237,500

7,026,966

     

WILTON

   

Wilton High School

   

049 EA

19,500,000

4,249,050

     

REG. DIST. #17

   

Killingworth Elementary School

   

034 RE

158,638

77,050

     

REG. DIST. #17

   

Burr Elementary School

   

035 RE

121,059

58,798

     

BERLIN

   

Berlin High School

   

060 A/TCH

1,500,000

583,950

     

BLOOMFIELD

   

Bloomfield Agri-Science Center

   

062 VA

460,315

460,315

     

EAST HARTFORD

   

Sunset Ridge School

   

218 A

1,024,000

702,157

     

EAST HARTFORD

   

Dr. John A. Langford School

   

220 EA

1,600,000

1,097,120

     

GLASTONBURY

   

Glastonbury High School

   

090 VE

223,330

223,330

     

GUILFORD

   

A.W. Cox Elementary School

   

081 EA

840,000

294,000

     

MIDDLETOWN

   

Middletown High School

   

104 VE

91,025

91,025

     

NEW HAVEN

   

New Jackie Robinson

   

Middle School

   

329 N

34,000,000

26,836,200

     

NEW HAVEN

   

Martin Luther King School

   

330 E

383,250

302,499

     

NEW HAVEN

   

Swing Space

   

331 P/A

5,250,000

4,143,825

     

NEWTOWN

   

Head O'Meadow

   

Elementary School

   

103 A

834,700

283,214

     

NORWALK

   

Brookside Elementary School

   

198 A/TCH

94,340

32,679

     

NORWALK

   

Columbus Elementary School

   

199 A/TCH

70,790

24,522

     

NORWALK

   

Cranbury Elementary School

   

200 A/TCH

97,705

33,845

     

NORWALK

   

Fox Run Elementary School

   

201 A/TCH

104,430

36,175

     

NORWALK

   

Jefferson Elementary School

   

202 A/TCH

74,154

25,687

     

NORWALK

   

Kendall Elementary School

   

203 A/TCH

90,975

31,514

     

NORWALK

   

Marvin Elementary School

   

204 A/TCH

80,882

28,018

     

NORWALK

   

Naramake Elementary School

   

205 A/TCH

74,155

25,687

     

NORWALK

   

Rowayton Elementary School

   

206 A/TCH

74,155

25,687

     

NORWALK

   

Silvermine Elementary School

   

207 A/TCH

90,975

31,514

     

NORWALK

   

Tracey Elementary School

   

208 A/TCH

94,338

32,679

     

NORWALK

   

Wolfpit Elementary School

   

209 A/TCH

87,610

30,348

     

PLYMOUTH

   

New Plymouth/Terryville

   

High School

   

047 N

37,500,000

26,516,250

     

SHELTON

   

New Intermediate School

   

074 N

36,386,000

14,943,730

     

SOUTHINGTON

   

Southington High School Vo-Ag

   

113 VE

47,000

47,000

     

SUFFIELD

   

Suffield Regional Vo-Ag Center

   

035 VE

200,000

200,000

     

THOMASTON

   

Thomaston High School

   

034 A*

5,238,709

3,218,139

     

THOMASTON

   

New High School

   

035 N

31,855,591

19,568,890

     

VERNON

   

Rockville High School

   

112 A

561,658

375,131

     

REG. DIST. #7

   

Northwestern Middle/High

   

School

   

024 VE

280,000

280,000

     

REG. DIST. #19

   

E. O. Smith High School

   

013 VE

233,130

233,130

     

ACES

   

William Douglas School

   

026 RENO/EA/RR

4,074,692

2,575,613

     

BARKHAMSTED

   

Barkhamsted School

   

011 A

402,600

191,235

     

BETHEL

   

Bethel Middle School

   

048 RR

1,350,000

621,945

     

CHESHIRE

   

Cheshire High School

   

087 RR

350,000

142,485

     

EAST HARTFORD

   

Sunset Ridge School

   

217 RR

576,000

394,963

     

ELLINGTON

   

Ellington High School

   

048 RR

50,000

29,465

     

FAIRFIELD

   

Stratfield Elementary School

   

095 RR

300,000

83,580

     

FARMINGTON

   

Noah Webster

   

Elementary School

   

052 RR

190,000

57,000

     

GROTON

   

Pleasant Valley School

   

147 RR

210,000

142,506

     

GROTON

   

Claude Chester School

   

149 EC

300,000

203,580

     

GROTON

   

Carl C. Cutler Middle School

   

150 EC

130,000

88,218

     

GUILFORD

   

E. C. Adams Middle School

   

082 RR

100,000

35,000

     

GUILFORD

   

Melissa Jones Elementary School

   

083 RR

70,000

24,500

     

GUILFORD

   

Guilford High School

   

084 RR

40,000

14,000

     

HAMDEN

   

Spring Glen School

   

078 RR

279,000

166,396

     

HAMDEN

   

Alice Peck School

   

079 RR

539,000

321,460

     

HAMDEN

   

Ridge Hill School

   

080 RR

552,000

329,213

     

HAMDEN

   

Spring Glen School

   

081 EC

445,000

265,398

     

HARTFORD

   

Quirk Middle School

   

234 RR/OT

700,000

547,470

     

HARTFORD

   

Fox Middle School

   

235 RR/OT

900,000

703,890

     

HARTFORD

   

M. L. King School

   

236 RR/OT

900,000

703,890

     

HARTFORD

   

M. D. Fox Elementary School

   

237 RR/OT

900,000

703,890

     

HARTFORD

   

J. C. Clark School

   

238 RR/OT

900,000

703,890

     

HARTFORD

   

Simpson-Waverly School

   

239 RR/OT

900,000

703,890

     

HARTFORD

   

Mt. Laurel Montessori Magnet

   

240 RR/OT

300,000

234,630

     

LEBANON

   

Lebanon Middle School

   

047 EC

1,023,950

665,568

     

NEW HAVEN

   

Bishop Woods School

   

320 RR

398,000

314,141

     

NEW HAVEN

   

Truman School

   

321 RR

257,000

202,850

     

NEW HAVEN

   

Barnard School

   

322 RR

257,000

202,850

     

NEW HAVEN

   

Clinton Avenue School

   

323 EC

499,500

394,255

     

NEW HAVEN

   

Truman School

   

324 EC

582,750

459,965

     

NEW LONDON

   

Central Administration

   

072 BE/TCH

47,725

18,579

     

OXFORD

   

Oxford Center School

   

023 RR

309,000

156,694

     

OXFORD

   

Great Oak Middle School

   

024 RR

136,000

68,966

     

SEYMOUR

   

Seymour Middle School

   

043 RR

286,525

180,110

     

SEYMOUR

   

Seymour High School

   

044 RR

268,375

168,701

     

SEYMOUR

   

Seymour High School

   

046 RR

669,460

420,823

     

SEYMOUR

   

Anna LoPresti School

   

047 RR

173,270

108,918

     

SHELTON

   

Booth Hill School

   

075 RR

333,500

136,968

     

SIMSBURY

   

Simsbury High School

   

087 RR

975,000

313,365

     

SOMERS

   

Mabelle B. Avery Middle School

   

030 RR

500,000

300,000

     

SOUTHINGTON

   

J. A. DePaulo Middle School

   

109 RR

300,000

153,210

     

TOLLAND

   

Tolland High School

   

058 RR

416,533

230,593

     

WATERBURY

   

Wilby High School

   

224 RR

1,700,000

1,317,500

     

WEST HAVEN

   

Clarence E. Thompson School

   

116 RR

180,000

136,926

     

WEST HAVEN

   

Seth Haley School

   

117 EC

489,000

371,982

     

WEST HAVEN

   

Clarence Thompson School

   

119 EC

460,500

350,302

     

WESTPORT

   

Staples High School

   

089 RR

2,600,000

547,820

     

WETHERSFIELD

   

Wethersfield High School

   

090 EC

220,000

97,438

     

WINCHESTER

   

Pearson Middle School

   

030 RR

110,900

77,231

     

WINDHAM

   

Sweeney Elementary School

   

065 RR

200,000

157,140

     

WOLCOTT

   

Wolcott High School

   

057 EC

1,034,989

643,142

     

WOLCOTT

   

Alcott Middle School

   

061 EC

656,429

407,905

     

WOLCOTT

   

Wakelee School

   

066 EC

55,041

34,202

     

REG. DIST. #14

   

Mitchell Elementary School

   

083 RR

79,319

37,962

     

REG. DIST. #17

   

Haddam-Killingworth

   

High School

   

030 RR

35,000

17,000

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

Town

Original

Current

School

   

Project Number

   
     

BRIDGEPORT

   

Edison School

   

015-115 EA/RR

   
     

Estimated...

   

Total Project Costs

4,181,512

5,681,512

Total Grant

5,417,664

7,361,099

     

BRIDGEPORT

   

Hallen School

   

015-116 EA

   
     

Estimated...

   

Total Project Costs

1,570,690

2,070,690

Total Grant

2,035,023

2,682,835

     

BRIDGEPORT

   

Madison School

   

015-118 EA

   
     

Estimated...

   

Total Project Costs

4,964,960

6,464,969

Total Grant

6,432,718

8,376,164

     

CHESHIRE

   

Cheshire High School

   

025-086 EA

   
     

Estimated...

   

Total Project Costs

5,800,000

9,250,000

Total Grant

2,299,120

3,666,700

     

EAST HARTFORD

   

Willowbrook School

   

043-200 EC

   
     

Estimated...

   

Total Project Costs

150,000

416,693

Total Grant

86,250

415,701

     

GLASTONBURY

   

New Middle School

   

054-089 N

   
     

Estimated...

   

Total Project Costs

33,985,000

38,721,000

Total Grant

11,408,765

12,998,640

     

GRANBY

   

Central Administrative Offices

   

056-041 PA/BE

   

Estimated...

   

Total Project Costs

923,380

800,000

Total Grant

202,820

175,720

GRANBY

   

Granby Memorial High School

   

056-042 RENO/EA/RR

   

Estimated...

   

Total Project Costs

16,354,405

19,990,991

Total Grant

7,184,490

8,782,042

HARTFORD

   

Fisher School

   

064-214 RR

   

Estimated...

   

Total Project Costs

550,000

3,092,500

Total Grant

424,270

2,385,555

HARTFORD

   

Math & Science Magnet

   

High School

   

064-216 MAG/N

   

Estimated...

   

Total Project Costs

40,516,229

46,000,000

Total Grant

40,516,229

46,000,000

HARTFORD

   

Hartford Public High School

   

064-227 EA

   

Estimated...

   

Total Project Costs

50,855,000

88,195,000

Total Grant

39,229,547

68,033,623

KILLINGLY

   

Killingly High School

   

069-053 VA

   

Estimated...

   

Total Project Costs

250,000

500,000

Total Grant

250,000

500,000

LEDYARD

   

Juliet Long School

   

072-061 EA

   

Estimated...

   

Total Project Costs

12,000,000

9,761,356

Total Grant

7,585,200

6,170,153

MADISON

   

Daniel Hand High School

   

076-055 EA

   

Estimated...

   

Total Project Costs

30,150,600

92,000,000

Total Grant

8,722,569

26,615,600

NEW BRITAIN

   

New Britain High School

   

089-125 EA

   

Estimated...

   

Total Project Costs

12,000,000

17,201,267

Total Grant

16,160,481

23,341,143

NEW FAIRFIELD

   

New Fairfield High School

   

091-030 RR

   

Estimated...

   

Total Project Costs

500,000

1,105,000

Total Grant

185,700

410,397

NEW FAIRFIELD

   

Consolidated School

   

091-031 EA/RR

   

Estimated...

   

Total Project Costs

500,000

7,440,000

Total Grant

185,700

2,763,216

NEW FAIRFIELD

   

Meeting House Hill School

   

091-034 EA

   

Estimated...

   

Total Project Costs

1,700,000

450,000

Total Grant

631,380

167,130

NEW HAVEN

   

Hillhouse High School

   

093-326 A

   

Estimated...

   

Total Project Costs

20,800,000

29,165,775

Total Grant

16,342,560

22,915,549

NEW HAVEN

   

Wilbur Cross High School

   

093-327 A

   

Estimated...

   

Total Project Costs

22,900,000

32,308,159

Total Grant

17,992,530

25,384,521

NEWINGTON

   

Newington High School

   

094-066 A

   

Estimated...

   

Total Project Costs

3,000,000

4,020,000

Total Grant

1,564,200

2,096,028

NORTH BRANFORD

   

North Branford

   

High/Intermediate School

   

099-044 EA

   

Estimated...

   

Total Project Costs

4,000,000

5,985,091

Total Grant

2,228,400

3,334,294

REDDING

   

Read Middle School

   

117-019 EA

   

Estimated...

   

Total Project Costs

4,100,000

5,710,250

Total Grant

937,260

1,305,363

STRATFORD

   

Second Hill Lane School

   

138-083 EA

   

Estimated...

   

Total Project Costs

7,600,446

10,250,000

Total Grant

6,050,090

8,159,182

TRUMBULL

   

Regional Agriscience

   

And Technology Center

   

144-094 N

   

Estimated...

   

Total Project Costs

6,283,279

7,315,279

Total Grant

6,283,279

7,315,279

WESTPORT

   

Coleytown Middle School

   

158-077 EA

   

Estimated...

   

Total Project Costs

18,000,000

19,421,900

Total Grant

6,580,161

7,099,956

WESTPORT

   

Green Farms

   

Elementary School

   

158-087 EA

   

Estimated...

   

Total Project Costs

11,400,000

13,791,900

Total Grant

2,401,980

2,905,953

REGIONAL

   

DISTRICT #1

   

Housatonic Valley

   

Regional High School

   

201-031 VA/N

   

Estimated...

   

Total Project Costs

3,880,000

4,975,000

Total Grant

3,880,000

4,975,000

REGIONAL

   

DISTRICT #1

   

Housatonic Valley

   

Regional High School

   

201-032 EA

   

Estimated...

   

Total Project Costs

4,610,000

5,200,000

Total Grant

1,811,269

2,043,080

REGIONAL DISTRICT #6

   

Vo-Ag High School

   

206-042 VA/N

   

Estimated...

   

Total Project Costs

4,208,925

6,827,745

Total Grant

4,208,925

6,827,745

Metropolitan

   

Learning Center

   

241-088 MAG, CREC

   

Estimated...

   

Total Project Costs

33,273,713

33,273,713

Total Grant

33,273,713

33,273,713

MERIDEN

   

Thomas Edison Magnet

   

Middle School

   

080-076 MAG

   

Estimated...

   

Total Project Costs

26,500,000

31,800,000

Total Grant

26,500,000

31,800,000

WATERBURY

   

Rotella Magnet School

   

151-192N (MAG)

   

Estimated...

   

Total Project Costs

18,500,000

20,500,000

Total Grant

18,500,000

20,500,000

REGIONAL SCHOOL

DISTRICT #7

   

Northwest Regional High School

Vo-Ag Center

   

207-022

   

Estimated...

   

Total Project Costs

2,719,725

3,319,725

Total Grant

2,719,725

3,319,725

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 Stamford may let out for bid on and commence projects for modular classrooms (Project Numbers 135-198 and 135-199) at Toquam Elementary and Turn of River Middle 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. 3. 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 Wethersfield may let out for bid on and commence a project for roof replacement (Project Number 159-090) at Wethersfield 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. 4. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 10-292 of the general statutes or any regulation adopted by the State Board of Education requiring that a bid not be let out until plans and specifications have been approved by the Department of Education's school facilities unit, the town of New Fairfield may let out for bid on and commence projects for energy conservation and roof replacement (Project Numbers 091-029 and 091-030) at New Fairfield High School, alteration and roof replacement (Project Number 091-031) at Consolidated School, and extension and alteration (Project Number 091-034) at Meeting House School 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. 5. Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 10-65, 10-287 and 10-287i of the general statutes, the grant to Regional School District Number 19 for the regional vocational agriculture center facilities at E.O. Smith High School (Project Number 219-011VA) shall be paid in accordance with the procedures specified in section 10-287i for grants authorized by the General Assembly on or after July 1, 1996.

Sec. 6. 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, 2000, to authorize and until June 30, 2001, to begin construction on a new school (Project Number 092-87-014N) or extension and alteration to the New Hartford Elementary School or Bakerville School (Project Numbers 092-022E and 092-021E) and shall be eligible to subsequently be considered for a grant commitment from the state.

Sec. 7. Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 10-283 and 10-284 of the general statutes or any regulations adopted by the State Board of Education requiring that local legislative authorizations be obtained within one year of the authorization by the General Assembly of a grant commitment or requiring that the town begin constructing within two years after the effective date of the act of the General Assembly authorizing the Commissioner of Education to enter into grant commitments for such projects, the town of Thomaston shall have until June 30, 2000, to authorize and until June 30, 2001, to begin construction on the renovation project (Project Number 140-031) at the Thomaston Middle School and shall be eligible to subsequently be considered for a grant commitment from the state.

Sec. 8. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 10-283 of the general statutes and any regulation adopted by the State Board of Education requiring that the scope of a school building project be set at the time of application for a school building project grant, the town of Middletown may change the scope of the vocational agriculture center project at Middletown High School (Project Number 083-101VA/E).

Sec. 9. 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 or regional board of education files a notification of a proposed school building project with the Department of Education, the town of Coventry may expand the period for the calculation of its projected enrolment for the extension and alteration and roof replacement project (Project Number 032-80-041 EA/RR) at Coventry Grammar School.

Sec. 10. 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 change the description of the extension and alteration project (Project Number 042-030EA) at East Hampton Center School to include roof replacement.

Sec. 11. 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 Middletown may change the description of the renovation, expansion, energy conservation and code compliance project (Project Number 083-077) at Moody Elementary School to include roof replacement.

Sec. 12. Notwithstanding the provisions of chapters 152 and 173 of the general statutes, the vote cast by the electors and voters of the towns of Beacon Falls and Prospect, being the member towns of Regional School District Number 16, at referenda held on November 21, 1998, relating to an appropriation of funds by said district for site acquisition for and design, construction, equipping and furnishing of a high school and the authorization of the issuance of bonds and temporary notes by said district to defray said appropriation, otherwise valid except for an error in the published notice of said referendum held in the town of Beacon Falls omitting the ballot heading, is validated. All acts, votes and proceedings of the officers and officials of Regional School District Number 16 pertaining to or taken in reliance on said referenda, otherwise valid except for such error, are validated.

Sec. 13. 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 Britain may let out for bid on and commence a project for the renovation of the Gates Building for the purpose of the relocation of the New Britain Board of Education (Project Number 089-152) 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. 14. (NEW) (a) The State Board of Education shall include reimbursement for reasonable lease costs that are determined by the Commissioner of Education to be required as part of a school building project grant under chapter 173 of the general statutes.

(b) The State Board of Education shall require renovation projects under chapter 173 of the general statutes to meet the same state and federal codes and regulations as are required for alteration projects.

Sec. 15. 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, except as provided in subsection (b) of section 10-286d, as amended by this act; (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.

Sec. 16. Subsection (c) of section 10-283 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(c) No school building project shall be added to the list prepared by the Commissioner of Education pursuant to subsection (a) of this section after such list is submitted to the committee of the General Assembly appointed pursuant to section 10-283a unless the project is for a school placed on probation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the project is necessary to preserve accreditation or the project is necessary to replace a school building for which a state agency issued a written notice of its intent to take the school property for public purpose. The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to projects previously authorized by the General Assembly that require special legislation to correct procedural deficiencies.

Sec. 17. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 10-283 of the general statutes, or any regulation adopted pursuant to said section, the projects for Betsy Ross, Nathan Hale and Jepsen Schools in New Haven, which are necessitated by the state taking of the property of Woodward School, 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, 1999, and meets all other provisions of chapter 173 of the general statutes and any regulation adopted by the State Board of Education.

Sec. 18. Section 10-286d of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) Any grant for a completed school building project approved by the Commissioner of Education under the provisions of sections 10-282, as amended by this act, and 10-286 shall include an amount equal to the percentage determined in section 10-285a of the site-acquisition costs related to such project which are determined to be eligible by the Commissioner of Education, provided the site of such project was approved by the Commissioner of Education and by the local board of education in such school district prior to the date of beginning of construction. Such site-acquisition grant shall be in addition to the amount granted pursuant to section 10-286. In the case of new school building projects the date of site acquisition shall have no bearing on approval of a site-acquisition grant.

(b) For purposes of determining the amount of grants pursuant to subsection (a) of this section for a priority school district under section 10-266p, the Department of Education shall allow the reasonable cost, as determined by the commissioner, of acquiring property adjacent to an existing school site as an eligible cost if the acreage of the existing school site is less than half of the number of the acres permitted under regulations adopted by the State Board of Education pursuant to this chapter.

Sec. 19. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 10-292 of the general statutes or any regulation adopted by the State Board of Education requiring that a bid not be let out until plans and specifications have been approved by the Department of Education's school facilities unit, the town of Plainville may let out for bid on and commence a project for asbestos removal (Project Number 110-054) at Linden Street School and shall be eligible to subsequently be considered for a grant commitment from the state, provided plans and specifications have been approved by the Department of Education's school facilities unit.

Sec. 20. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 10-292 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 Enfield may let out for bid on and commence projects for asbestos abatement at Eli Whitney Elementary School (Project Number 049-107HV) and Henry Barnard Elementary School (Project Number 049-111HV) 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. 21. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 10-286 of the general statutes, or any regulation adopted by the State Board of Education setting square footage specifications in effect at the time the school building projects (Project Numbers 159-046, 159-048, 159-049 and 159-050) at Charles Wright, Silas Deane Middle, Wethersfield High and Hammer Schools were authorized, the town of Wethersfield may use the square footage specifications in effect after July 28, 1986, for purposes of such projects.

Sec. 22. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 10-287 of the general statutes, in effect prior to July 6, 1995, or any regulation adopted by the State Board of Education pursuant to said section requiring a competitive bidding process for change orders, the town of Stamford shall not be required to go through such process for change orders for the renovation projects for Newfield Elementary and Roxbury Elementary Schools (Project Numbers 135-152 and 135-153).

Sec. 23. 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 a notification of a school building project with the Department of Education, Regional School District Number 16 may calculate projected enrolment for the new high school project (Project Number 216-015) for a fourteen-year period from said date.

Sec. 24. 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 Rocky Hill may let out for bid on and commence a project for code violation, lighting, electrical and fire systems (Project Number 119-046) at Myrtle H. Stevens 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. 25. 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 roof replacement (Project Numbers 064-234, 064-0236, 064-179, 064-225) at Quirk Middle School, M. L. King School, Parkville School and Webster School 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. 26. 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 Cromwell may change the scope of the project for a new elementary school and the scope of the extension and alteration and roof replacement project at Cromwell High School (Project Numbers 033-039N and 033-041 EA/RR).

Sec. 27. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 10-292 of the general statutes or any regulation adopted by the State Board of Education requiring that a bid not be let out until plans and specifications have been approved by the Department of Education's school facilities unit, Regional School District Number 5 may let out for bid on and commence a project for extension and alteration and site improvement (Project Number 205-036EA/SI) at Amity Regional 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. 28. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 10-287 of the general statutes, in effect prior to July 6, 1995, or any regulation adopted by the State Board of Education pursuant to said section requiring a competitive bidding process for change orders, Regional School District Number 5 shall not be required to go through such process for change orders for the extension and alteration and site improvement project (Project Number 205-036EA/SI) at Amity Regional High School.

Sec. 29. 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 Granby may change the description of the project for purchase and renovation of a building for board of education central administrative offices (Project Number 056-041N) to construction of a new building for such offices.

Sec. 30. 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 Plymouth may expand the scope of the project for a new Terryville High School (Project Number 111-047N) to include board of education offices.

Sec. 31. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 10-287 of the general statutes, in effect prior to July 6, 1995, or any regulation adopted by the State Board of Education pursuant to said section requiring a competitive bidding process for change orders, the town of New Milford shall not be required to go through such process for change orders for the extension and alteration projects for Hill and Plain School (Project Number 096-024EA), John Pettibone School (Project Number 096-025EA), Northville Elementary School (Project Number 096-026EA), and Schaghticoke Middle School (Project Number 096-027EA).

Sec. 32. This act shall take effect from its passage.

Approved June 28, 1999

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