Officials check out Ludlowe before vote on $11.6M project
The town officials took a tour of the Unquowa Road school in preparation for a vote Wednesday on a $11.6 million expansion and renovation of Fairfield Ludlowe, First Selectman Michael Tetreau's alma mater when it was known as Roger Ludlowe High School.
The tour started with the school's library, where almost all the computer terminals were in use. Headmaster Greg Hatzis said the library is used by entire classes as well as juniors or seniors looking for a quiet place to study.
Also on the tour was the cafeteria, which Hatzis said cannot currently accommodate the entire school population in four lunch waves. Right now, though, he said, many students opt not to schedule a lunch period in order to take advanced courses or electives. However, the school board has been discussing changing the class schedule to give each student with a lunch period. Should that happen, Hatzis said, the existing cafeteria doesn't have the capacity.
Tetreau, recalling his days at the school, said the cafeteria used to have long, rectangular tables that he said could accommodate more students, rather than the rounds ones now used. "We had more kids in the building," he said. "It just looks like a lot of wasted space."
Hatzis said there were studies done regarding the tables, and also said that the round tables are more versatile since the cafeteria is used for more than lunch periods.
The proposed project at Ludlowe calls for replacement of the school's windows, as well as the creation of four new general classrooms, two science classrooms and labs and expansion of the cafeteria.
The selectmen will vote on the Ludlowe project, as well as $14.5 million for the expansion and renovation of Riverfield Elementary School, when it meets at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in Sullivan-Independence Hall.
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