The Norwich, Conn. district proposed a $149 million overhaul of its elementary schools.
The district’s school construction committee has recommended reducing the number of elementary schools from seven to four, reports the Norwich Bulletin.
If the plan is approved, Huntington, Mahan, Wequonnoc magnetand veterans memorial elementary schools would close in 2026.
The district projects the bottom three schools will have double-digit percentage enrollment declines by then.
The redesign of the facilities requires the construction of larger two-storey schools. Schools would have separate wings based on age.
The plan also includes renovating Middle School Teacher Memorial Magnet and turning Huntington School in a multipurpose facility.
New elementary schools on the sites of the Stanton Elementary School and the old Greeneville schools would open in January 2026, and new buildings on the site of Moriarty Primary School and Uncas Elementary School would open in 2028.
The cost of building four schools and renovating the Teacher’s Memorial is estimated at around $381 million.
The cost of maintaining all elementary and middle schools, without expansion or renovation, is estimated at $160.2 million over 20 years.
If the project is approved, it will take approximately seven years to complete.
Drummey Rosane Anderson Architects, Inc. oversees the plan.