STRATFORD, Conn. – Stratford’s state legislative delegation shepherded critical school construction grant funds through both chambers of the Connecticut General Assembly during a special session last week.
They worked in concert in the House and Senate to gain approval of $76 million in grant funds to be allocated for the extension, alteration and roof replacement at Stratford High School. The entire project is estimated to cost $125.9 million. With the grant funds now in place, the state will cover 60.4 percent of the entire cost of the project.
“The tough economic times our state is enduring makes our commitment to a solid and enduring educational infrastructure, like these improvements at Stratford High School, all the more critical,” said Rep. Laura Hoydick (R-120). “I appreciate the hard work of our local officials in advancing this project, as well as the hard work of my Stratford colleagues to make sure this project was made a priority during a very busy budget year.”
“Our Stratford team in the legislature worked hard to ensure this investment in our school system was a top priority,” said Rep. Ben McGorty (R-122). “It is important that we achieve a balanced state-local partnership when it comes to making certain that school students in our communities have all the tools and opportunities we can provide them for success.”
"Securing this reimbursement rate was a top priority during this legislative session," said Rep. Joe Gresko (D-121). "It was a pleasure working with our delegation to make it happen. Stratford's secondary education will become state of the art when this project is complete.”
“In tough budget times we have to prioritize how the state spends its money and focus on the core functions of government. Building a strong education system for our children is one of those priorities we must always work to protect. I applaud the state for this much needed local school support. These funds will be wisely invested in Stratford High School to add value to our quality education system and local community. This investment will enable our students to go to school in an environment conducive to learning, social development and growth. An investment in education is an investment in our future,” said Sen. Kevin Kelly (R-21).
“Investing in our schools is critical to the future of our community,” said Sen. Ed Gomes (D-23). “I’m proud to have worked with the Stratford delegation to get this done. Any time we can do something for our kids is a good day.”
The bill, which includes numerous school construction projects for the state, SB 503, was signed into law by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on June 3.