Norwich breaks ground on phase II of building project

NORWICH – Construction crews are on site once more in the Norwich City School District, as work begins on the roughly $3 million follow up to the district’s last major building project.

“The really big push officially started yesterday,” Superintendent Gerard O’Sullivan reported on Tuesday, the day after crews, construction trailers and dumpsters arrived on site. Some work, however, was already underway even before students finished the school year. According to the administrator, some contractors began working second shift several weeks ago in preparation for the work, which is slated for completion before students return in September.

“We’ve got a very busy two months (ahead of us),” O’Sullivan said.

According to the administrator, the supplemental project was given the green light by the district’s board of education in January of 2009. The intention is to fund the small-scale capital project with the surplus remaining from the $35.3 million improvement project completed last year.

The scope of the secondary project encompasses work at all four of the district’s school buildings. New windows will be installed at Stanford Gibson Elementary School, as well as at Perry Browne Intermediate School. Entry doors at the intermediate school will also be replaced, but perhaps the most visible transformation will to the school’s tennis courts.

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