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Martin M. Looney

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Contact: Adam Joseph

January 26, 2016

Hamden Schools to Get State Grant for Building Improvements

Hamden’s legislative delegation announced that local schools are scheduled to be awarded a state grant for a variety of building improvements.

“In order to provide our children with a quality education, we must maintain a quality learning environment,” said Speaker of the House Brendan Sharkey (D-Hamden). “These funds will help ensure that our school infrastructure offers the type of surroundings that allow every student to thrive.”

“Our students deserve safe and vibrant learning environments where they can excel and reach their full potential,” said Senate President Martin M. Looney (D-New Haven). “This new funding will also alleviate some of the burden off of the local school budget and property taxes paving the way for continued educational investments.”

The State Bond Commission is expected to approve funding Friday Jan. 29, totaling $1,615,000 for renovations and upgrades for a number of Hamden schools.

“The Alliance Grant will go a long way to providing our facilities with infrastructure upgrades needed pursuant to the NEASC accreditation process,” Rep. Michael D’Agostino (D-Hamden) said. “In addition we anticipate the projects supported through this grant will help us manage energy costs ensuring a larger portion of our budget can be allocated to supporting overall instruction, providing a wider range of interventions, and developing programs that support innovation and post High School opportunities for all students.”

“Hamden’s participation in the Alliance School District program has been beneficial and improved the educational experience for students throughout our community,” Rep. Robyn Porter (D-Hamden, New Haven) said. “This additional funding will further Hamden’s efforts to better maintain and improve the school buildings with the goal of keeping students in school and ensure their success. I thank Governor Malloy for his continued support of our school district.”

“Once again, the Connecticut legislature is coming through for Hamden with money for much-needed improvements to its public schools,” said state Senator Joe Crisco (D-Woodbridge). “I was proud to vote for a budget which provides this necessary funding, and which is going to improve the educational experience and educational outcomes of Hamden children.”

Specifically, the grants will go toward the following work:

  • Bear Path: parking lighting & energy improvements—$105,000
  • Church Street: rest room renovations—$60,000
  • High School: HVAC controls upgrade—$175,000
  • High School: security camera upgrade—$400,000
  • District-Wide: time/attendance system replacement—$100,000
  • Middle School: energy efficiency water system upgrade—$150,000
  • Helen Street: boiler replacement—$250,000
  • Helen Street: replace classroom carpeting—$200,000
  • Ridge Hill: replace obsolete drinking fountains—$150,000
  • Spring Glen: install safety padding in gymnasium—$25,000

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