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News from State Senator Tim Larson

August 24, 2016

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East Hartford Students to See Major Renovations at Schools

Ahead of the start of the school year, I joined Superintendent of Schools Nathan Quesnel and members of the Board of Education for a tour of three major renovation projects that have been taking place over the summer in the East Hartford School District.

The Hockanum Early Childhood Learning Center, East Hartford Middle School "Window Wall" Project and East Hartford High School athletic field project are being completed through a combination of more than $9 million in state funding that I worked hard to secure for our district.

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We have been working diligently alongside school officials, to secure state funding to invest in our facilities, classrooms and athletic programs--from upgrading energy efficiency in our buildings, to expanding early childhood education, to improving our athletic fields for the district's sports programs, which really bring the community together. I take a lot of pride in making sure that education is funded throughout the state. Investing in our school systems and the education of our youngest residents is the best way to build a strong community, and I am very proud of the major improvements we are making.

Over the summer months, the former Hockanum Elementary School has been undergoing a major renovation project supported by a $1.7 million state grant and will reopen this fall as the Early Childhood Learning Center. The center will provide a prekindergarten program for more than 300 East Hartford 3 and 4 year-olds, and include a school-based healthcare center and other supportive services.

At East Hartford Middle School, contractors are working on the first phase of a nearly $8 million project to remove the exterior glass "window wall" of the original 1954 building and replace it with a new, energy efficient system that retains the aesthetic character of the original award-winning design. The project is funded by state reimbursements of more than 76 percent, and is expected to produce significant savings in energy costs over future years. The second phase of the project is slated to be completed by fall of 2017.

East Hartford High School's athletic field and complex renovation is also nearing completion. Supported by a $1.5 million state grant I secured for the school, the new turf field will be striped for both football and soccer, and will accommodate other track and field sports.

East Hartford Public Schools Facilities Director Al Costa has done an incredible job on this project, and I think he said it best when we toured the renovated sports complex:

"I think this will be a showplace for East Hartford," he said that day, adding that "this field will be a place that any athlete in the state will be envious to play on." I agree wholeheartedly with that assessment!

Go Hornets!


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