School Modernization Committee

  • Chuck Neth
  • Vice Chair
  • Matt Bowman
  • Rich Gusenburg
  • Anne Harrigan
  • Jim Jinks
  • Andrew Martelli
  • Rene Martinez
  • Sylvia Nichols
  • Kate O'Donnell
  • Jeff Pangaro
  • Anthony Perugini
  • Don Walsh
  • Rob Oris, Ex Officio

The School Modernization Committee has been established as a collaborative effort by the Town Council and the Board of Education to develop a School Modernization Plan for the Cheshire Public Schools facilities.

          The Cheshire Public Schools facilities range in age from 48 to 107 years old.  In addition to providing education services, these facilities also serve as social and recreational hubs for our community.  The School Modernization Committee (SMC) has been established to consider available options to upgrade the school facilities, which may include new construction, renovating existing facilities, closing and repurposing facilities, and other creative, viable proposals. 

          The SMC is tasked with developing recommendations for modernizing our schools that will address the educational needs of CPS students in the 21st century while considering the fiscal impact on the residents of Cheshire.  In developing its recommendations, the SMC may hire consultants, engineers, or other professionals to assist with strategy and plans, as the SMC deems appropriate.  The Town Council has appropriated $150,000 to cover such professional fees. 

          The SMC shall present their recommendations to the Town Council and the Board of Education as soon as completed.





June 1, 2020:  Out of District Visits Subcommittee Presentation

June 24, 2020: Collier Recommendation DemographerEnrollment Study Proposal Summary & Proposal Request DocumentNESDEC Cheshire CT Best Use ProposalMilone & McBroom 10 yr Enrollment Study Proposal 

September 16, 2020: Potential Options for Consideration

October 14, 2020:  Enrollment Study Presentation

October 15, 2020: Draft Communication Subcommitte Communication Plan

October 21, 2020: Draft Communication Subcommittee Communication Plan

November 2, 2020: Finance & Debt PresentationEnrollment & School Capacities by Milone & McBroomMilestone Schedule

November 8, 2020: Colliers Presentation, Options

November 18, 2020:  Colliers Presentation, Options

December 7, 2020:  Colliers Presentation (DRAFT ONLY), Survey ProposalOpen Space InfoMatrix Sample (DRAFT ONLY)

January 27, 2021:  Presentation on Financials for Scenarios

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Letters to the Editor

Why do we need to modernize schools?

Enrollment changes at the elementary level

 Agendas and minutes are found on the Town Council calendar.

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