State Sen. Beth Bye, D-West Hartford, announced Wednesday that the State Bond Commission is expected to approve a $2.5 million state grant for roof and window repairs at the American School for the Deaf when it meets at 10:30 a.m. this Friday, March 25, in Room 1-E of the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.
The bonding is part of a total $10 million package of state aid for the ASD which was originally approved by the state legislature in 2001; so far, $6.4 million has been allocated, including Friday’s proposed sum.
“This is a valuable investment for the parents and students who attend this prestigious and very specialized school,” Sen. Bye said.
ASD Executive Director Ed Peltier said the bonding will be used to replace a total 120,000 square feet of roof over the elementary school, the gymnasium/pool complex, and over a portion of the vocational-technical complex. He said some new windows will also be installed in the gymnasium, a portion of which was built 90 years ago in 1921.
“These are greatly needed projects,” Peltier said. “The public-private partnership between the American School for the Deaf and the State of Connecticut has a long and rich history that helps provide safe and healthy educational facilities for our students.”