The general consensus for the construction of the new Guilford High School is that everything will be “on time and on budget,” according to local officials. The budget for the new high school is $92,220,800, which the public voted on last June.
First Selectman Joseph Mazza said the high school should be completed in three months, and said the furniture will start to get moved into the new building as early as June and July, and will be ready for the start of the next school year in fall.
“We’re delighted to see the progress of the new high school and we’re extremely proud of the Guilford High School Committee for doing a fantastic job keeping the project on time and within budget,” Mazza said. “And I have no doubt that the facility will be one of the finest high schools in the state of Connecticut. And we’ll be ready to accept students on opening day in September of this year.”
Town officials recently took action on grants awarded to the town for the installation of technical infrastructure in the school, including the network switching equipment, wireless network equipment and the telephone system.
According to Superintendent of Schools Paul Freeman, the new building will be significantly larger and will use less energy.
“The space in general will be more open and flexible,” Freeman said.
Freeman listed large meeting rooms, a television studio, Internet cafes and non-traditional work desks as features of the new building, among others.
“From an energy perspective, it will be more robust than the old building,” he said. For example, the new building will feature and energy-efficient lighting that shines only to the optimal level, which will reduce wasted energy, according to Freeman.
“The new high school is incredibly exciting. It is going to allow us to continue to be the exciting high school that we’ve been but it’s going to open up new opportunities for us, as well,” Freeman said. “It’s on time and on budget, and I’m very much looking forward to September and having our high school students in that building.”
Other features of the new high school include a larger auditorium that will hold about 600 people, and the hallways of each classroom wing will be lined with about 1,200, 15-inch-wide lockers.
Board of Finance member Michael Ayles commented on the status of the new high school during Monday night’s board meeting, applauding the progress that has been made.