Second school reimbursement check received

The town has received its second reimbursement check from the state for renovation work at Miller-Driscoll School.

Chris Burney, the town’s facilities and energy management director, announced Thursday, July 13, at a meeting of the Miller-Driscoll Building Committee that a check for approximately $3.2 million was received. The town received its first reimbursement check of $2.9 million in April. This brings state reimbursement so far to a total of about $6.1 million. An additional payment of about $1.1 million is expected.

Committee leader Glenn Hemmerle said the cost of the school project stands at $42 million and there is $2 million in the contingency fund they do not expect to spend. State reimbursement will reduce the total cost further to about $34 million. Voters had approved $50.2 million for the project.

Construction work continues to be on schedule, Burney said. The portable classrooms are on trailers set to be taken off the property this week. Hazardous materials abatement is 90% complete and roof work was expected to be completed by the end of last week.

“We will look for substantial completion from the building department on Aug. 28,” Burney said. That will allow teachers to move in without restriction. School will open after Labor Day.
The committee approved just over $200,000 in additional expenditures that will not increase the project cost. The money will come from $500,000 that remains in the budget for soft costs and unboughts.

The largest expenditure was $80,000 for renovating existing walls between classrooms that were found to be deteriorating.

Other work includes:

  • Improving exterior wall insulation in the Driscoll area — $22,212.

  • Replacing in-wall plumbing not up to code — $10,464.

  • Additional steel to support skylight — $10,000.

  • Renovation of adult bathrooms — $38,536.

  • Repair of cabinets and countertops in nurses’ area — $22,000.

  • Removal of a water cooler that is no longer needed in the Miller area, capping plumbing lines and sealing the wall. Removal of two additional water fountains and replacing them with an upgraded drinking fountain with a water bottle filler — $9,480.

  • Renovate gym office to accommodate a third gym teacher — $10,000.

The committee’s next meeting will be Thursday, Aug. 17, 5 p.m., in the Wilton High School Library mezzanine.