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Norwalk Early Childhood Center Set for Construction

SPED Pre-K to join eight programs in one facility

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Norwalk, CT | Added on January 08, 2015 At 06:01 PM

The Tumble Bugs Facility at 11 Allen Road will be transformed into the Norwalk Early Childhood Center to support special education Pre-K. 

On Tuesday the Norwalk Board of Education approved construction documents with A.P. Construction Company for phase two of the project, which will will create two additional classrooms with the existing gymnasium space. The center is expected to join all eight of Norwalk's special eduction Pre-K programs in one facility. 

"We have a few schools that are really beginning to experience overcrowding because of new developments that are coming around," said Rivera. "Marvin, Kendall is overcrowding and by creating this consolidated center for children, it's also going to free up space in other buildings where we're going to need it."

The district's request for the Phase 2 of the project in the capital budget $556,988. The center is located at Roosevelt Senior Center, formally the Roosevelt School. 

"We're still trying to go through the state for approval of reimbursement funds," said Building and Facilities Manager Alan Lo. "That's part of the view and approval process to approve a set of drawings." 

The city and school officials have designated $1.6 million for the project's the overall cost, which is funded by the $2.9 million surplus from last year's operating budget.

 

"It would cost us $4-5 million to build an additional four classrooms where as in this particular project, $1.5 million to $1.6 million for eight classrooms eventually is huge substantial savings for our children," said Rivera. 

"I think the city has taken a position that we're going to start this project and at the same time go for a state approval, and then the state will go for approval for the funding," said Lo. "So there's a chance they might not approve the reimbursement funding. The city gets about 32.14 percent of the reimbursement so that's equal to about half a million dollars." 

The project started in September of 2014 and is expected to be completed in August of this year. 

 


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