GREENWICH – State Representative Mike Bocchino (R-Greenwich) praised the distribution of the first phase of state funding for the New Lebanon School, which is scheduled to open in February of 2019. The town received $3,955,139 as the first round of reimbursement dollars came through.
“The Greenwich Delegation and I are thrilled to see this critical project moving ahead as planned,” said Rep. Bocchino. “Countless hours were spent preparing the paperwork and sitting in meetings in order to bring this concept to fruition. We broke ground just a few months ago, and I am happy to report that the process is on schedule. As a legislator, parent and resident of this vibrant community, I believe that education is a top priority for this town, and the state, which is why the success of this project is imperative.”
New Lebanon School was approved for a diversity grant from the state after it was determined that the school was not in compliance with the state’s diversity mandate. The project faced opposition by key members of the Malloy administration due to the budget situation, but the members of the Greenwich Delegation, including Reps. Bocchino, Livvy Floren, Fred Camillo and State Sen. Scott Frantz fought tirelessly to secure the funding. Due to their efforts, and the hard work of several local leaders and educators, the school was approved for the maximum reimbursement of 80 percent.
The new facility is being built behind the existing school. Once completed, the state-of-the-art facility will be able to accommodate more students, faculty and resources.