From its earliest days as conceptual drawings, until a few days ago when Newtown’s Public Building and Site Commission (PBSC) officially closed out the Sandy Hook Elementary School building project, the state-of-the-art educational facility has represented something eminently important for virtually every person who played a role in its construction — including taxpayers across Connecticut whose $50 million contributed to its completion.
Now those state taxpayers can be the beneficiaries of Newtown’s thrifty stewardship of their hard-earned contributions as PBSC Chairman Robert Mitchell informed The Newtown Bee, August 8, that the project has come in $1.5 million under budget.
Along the way, expenditures as low as $397 for signage to the $42,058,158 price tag to complete the actual building construction have all been accounted for and tallied. While nobody from town will actually be traveling up to Hartford to hand state officials back a big check, the news puts some positive closure to a project that nobody ever wanted, nor wished ever had to happen.
“This represents funding that was authorized for the project, but never had to be bonded,” Mr Mitchell explained while reviewing the history and details of the project that he and his commissioners spent countless volunteer hours shepherding through its hybrid processes.
It was an eventuality that First Selectman Pat Llodra and the entire building and design team expected, and vowed to see happen.
“From the very outset the project team knew and was frequently reminded by me that the goal was to build the new school on time and under budget,” Mrs Llodra said. The first selectman said that everyone…
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