Norwalk elementary school expected to welcome students back next fall

NORWALK — The sounds of children playing in and around Jefferson Elementary School will return next fall as renovations to the building remain on schedule.

Construction is expected to be completed by June 15 on the $33 million project, according to Newfield Construction. The district will then be able to move in new furniture, and teachers can come set up their new classroom spaces. The school should be ready to welcome back students to start the 2022-23 academic year.

District leaders and several Board of Education members had the opportunity on Thursday to tour the elementary school which is undergoing heavy construction to make improvements to educational spaces and heating and electrical systems, as well as revisions to the bus loops and student drop-off lanes, locating them in two separate areas.

Construction also includes the addition of a new gymnasium, a new roof structure, playground areas, and lobby space on the first floor of the building. The project will add more than 6,000 square feet of building space and renovate nearly 55,000 square feet of the facility.

Jefferson Elementary students are currently attending classes at Ponus Ridge Middle School.

emily.morgan@hearstmediact.com