The School Facilities Study Committee will recommend hiring a three-way partnership that includes an architectural firm, the southeastern Connecticut regional education agency and one of the state's largest construction firms to lead a study of the school system for possible restructuring.
The committee voted unanimously to endorse a proposal by JCJ Architecture, LEARN and O&G Industries to conduct an in-depth analysis and make recommendations about possible school consolidation, restructuring of grades and possible new schools.
The study would cost about $150,000, city Comptroller Josh Pothier, a member of the committee, said.
The committee heard presentations from two finalist firms at Monday's meeting and members agreed that the three-way partnership offered the best overall plan, along with familiarity with the city's school system and “comfort level” with the region.
Approval by both the City Council and Board of Education is needed.
Superintendent Abby Dolliver, Mayor Deberey Hinchey and Pothier will meet to determine how to pay for the study within the current city and school budgets.
City officials hope the study and recommendations are completed in time to present plans to the public prior to a 2016 referendum on school projects.