Posted on May 18, 2018 by jpheasant
HARTFORD –State Representatives Stephen Harding (R-107) and Will Duff (R-2) successfully shepherded critical school construction grant funds through both chambers of the Connecticut General Assembly during a special session last week.
The Bethel legislators worked in concert in both the House and Senate to gain approval of $11,125,544 in state funds for Anna H. Rockwell School with the project estimated to cost
$24,723,432 with the grant funds now in place, the state will cover 45% of the entire cost of the project.
The Bethel legislators additionally gained approval of $18,498,470 in state funds for Ralph M.T. Johnson School with the project estimated to cost $41,107,711 with the grant funds now in place, the state will cover 45% of the entire cost of the project.
“I was proud to work with my legislative colleagues to secure State funding for the construction and renovations at Johnson and Rockwell schools in Bethel,” Rep. Harding said. “This has been a collaborative effort with many officials in Bethel and certainly well deserving for our local students.”
“In tough economic budget times, the legislature has 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 both Anna H. Rockwell and Ralph M.T. Johnson schools to add value to our quality education system and Bethel 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 Rep. Will Duff.
The legislation SB-184, An Act Concerning Authorization of State Grant Commitments for School Building Projects, passed the General Assembly unanimously and now moves to the governor’s office for his final signature.