New Classrooms, Cafe And Courtyard To Welcome Back Wethersfield High Students

Photo courtesy of Jessica Moore of the Hartford Courant
August 11, 2015

Students and staff will return to a transformed Wethersfield High School when school reopens Aug. 31, building committee Chairwoman Christine Fortunato said.

"I think the kids and the parents and the teachers are going to be very impressed by what they see,"

 Fortunato said after Monday's building committee meeting. "It's definitely a state-of-the-art facility that we should all be proud of." Contractors are finishing the second summer of work on the $85 million rehabilitation and reconstruction of the school,built in the 1950s. A new cafeteria, new science, English and chemistry classrooms, a new courtyard and a rehabilitated pool will be there for students and staff when school starts, said project manager Gus Kotait of O&G Industries.

The building will also have new heating, cooling and security systems, a new bus loop and a new main office and guidance offices, Kotait said. Schools Superintendent Michael Emmett there would be an open house either the Friday before school opens or the next week.

"We want to open it up to the public to see what they have," he said.

The town, meanwhile, has sent letters to residents of Wintergreen Lane and Westway informing them that construction traffic will be diverted down those streets for the next two weeks because of paving.

Fortunato praised the school's neighbors for their patience during the first two years of the three-year project.

"The neighbors have really been wonderful throughout the entire project," she said.

Last summer, workers built three additions to the school, a gym, a library and media center and a music wing. The next milestone will be completion of the auditorium, which is expected by Christmas, Fortunato said.

The project is to be done by this time next year.

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