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Diloreto School Expansion and Improvements Funding Approved

The state has that DiLoreto Magnet School in New Britain will receive $7,929,000 million in state school construction funds for additions, renovations and improvements. The state grant saved local taxpayers almost 80 percent of the $10 million cost for the project.

The Board of Education will get bids out right away and it should take two months to get bids in. Once the bidding process is complete, the building is not expected to be completed until either late September or March/April 2012 depending on when it begins construction.

Construction can start out in the winter costing ($150,000) more than if it is started in the Spring due to weather needs. In the winter it needs to be heated.

“It’s a very exciting project we have been waiting for a long time,” said Sharon Beloin-Saavedra, President of the New Britain Board of Education. “If the shovel is in the ground during the next school year that lets every student at that school know the addition is coming and we will have a top notch facility for the middle school section of that program. That is a very important visual. It will help retain our students and keep them from seeking alternatives out of New Britain.”

Saavedra said cost is definitely a factor, but the sooner it is built the better.

“DiLoreto expansion is an exciting project, enhancing the quality of one of our great local schools,” said Rep. Tim O’Brien. “The DiLoreto community has worked hard on this project for many years, and this funding will bring those dreams to fruition.”

The expansion and renovation project will enhance the capability of the DiLoreto Magnet School – which is built around a vibrant dual language theme – to serve students throughout New Britain, from grades pre-K to 8.

“DiLoreto is one of the most popular and oversubscribed magnet schools in New Britain,” Senator Theresa Gerratana said. “This expansion is necessary and it will certainly help accommodate the demand for the dual language curriculum there. This is very exciting and long overdue.”

“This is an outstanding project that will help the New Britain school district enhance the education quality at DiLoreto Magnet School. I’m pleased that funding is now available and that the School District can start construction soon,” said Representative Robert Sanchez.

The funding is part of a school construction package passed by the Connecticut General Assembly.