Attempts to finalize a plan to renovate Stratford High School are underway again, and a subcommittee of the Town Council asked this week for cost estimates on three different scenarios.
The new scenarios that are being explored in some detail are a) renovate the entire school as new, with additions of new space, including a relatively small structure on the west side of King Street, which is now mostly athletic fields; b) replace the school with all new structures at the current location, adding a larger building on the west side of King Street; c) cut King Street into two parts, so it becomes a cul-de-sac from the north and a cul-de-sac from the south, no longer a thoroughfare, and develop a renovation-with-additions plan that includes building directly onto what is now King Street.
Permits to use King Street for school buildings have not yet been requested. There are wetlands issues with that property that would have to be addressed, requiring additional permit requests and planning.
Time tables loosely mentioned at the meeting included 2018 as a possible completion date, regardless of the selected project.
A fourth scenario for SHS, the original plan developed four years ago, which is viewed now as an inadequate, largely cosmetic upgrade, is in the files with an updated, estimated price tag of $90 million.
The SHS Renovation Subcommittee, chaired by Alan Llewelyn, reports to the Town Council’s Building Needs Committee, chaired by Paul Hoydick. The renovation group met on June 23 with Antinozzi Associates architects and education planning consultants of CREC, Capital Region Education Council.
CREC and Antinozzi told the group that they will work together to have estimated costs for the three new scenarios for the renovation group to consider at its next meeting July 21.
Attending the meeting with the architects and consultants were Llewelyn, Board of Education members Chris Barnaby, Bob Chaloux and Len Petruccelli; Town Councilmen Jason Santi, Stephanie Philips and Ken Poisson; and Alvin O’Neal.
Also present were SHS Principal Joe Corso, Board of Education Chief Operating Officer Clarence Zachery and Town Engineer John Casey.