By Melvin Mason
The measures needed for the proposed Stratford High School renovation project took another huge step forward on Monday.
The town Ordinance Committee, made up of council members, voted 7-0 Monday to recommend approval of a pair of ordinances. One would increase the appropriation of the Stratford High renovation to $125.9 million, while the other would authorize the town to issue $65 million in bonds to pay for the project.
Stratford is set to receive 60.36% state reimbursement for the renovation, which would add a new west wing to SHS as well as expand the size of the auditorium and add a practice field to the campus.
With the Ordinance Committee approval, the Town Council can finalize moving the project on to the state General Assembly at its March 14 meeting.
Sixth District Councilman Philip Young, who chairs the Ordinance Committee, said he’s proud of the vote and thinks the full council will support the project when it’s included on the council’s agenda in three weeks.
“We need a new high school in town. The facilities there are not good. If we want to attract new, younger people who want to see a great school…this will be something that will attract [them] to our town and enhance the image of our town,” Young said.
Several town leaders have asked the council to approve the project soon or the state reimbursement rate will drop significantly.