Region 16 school project center of discussions

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An artist’s rendering of the proposed new elementary school in Prospect. CONTRIBUTED
Region 16 school officials will be meeting with various organizations in Prospect and Beacon Falls throughout November to discuss the school building project.

Earlier this month, the Board of Education approved the conceptual designs and cost estimates for the project, which includes a new pre-K through fifth grade elementary school in Prospect, renovations and additions to Laurel Ledge School in Beacon Falls, and renovations to Algonquin School in Prospect to convert that facility into the Board of Education’s district offices. The project is estimated to cost $46.7 million.

The board is planning a referendum on the project in early December. Over the next several weeks, officials will be meeting with organizations and the public to discuss the project. The public is welcome to attend any meeting.

The meeting dates are as follows:

Nov. 1, 7 p.m., Prospect Town Council, Prospect Town Hall.

Nov. 7, 6 p.m., Beacon Falls Conservation Committee, Beacon Falls Town Hall.

Nov. 7, 7:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Beacon Falls Rotary Club, Full Harvest Restaurant.

Nov. 10, 7 p.m., Long River Middle School PTO, Long River Middle School.

Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m., Beacon Falls Board of Selectman, Beacon Falls Town Hall.

Nov. 15, 7 p.m., Laurel Ledge School PTO, Laurel Ledge School.

Nov. 21, 7 p.m., Public presentation, Long River Middle School.

Nov. 22, 7 p.m., Public presentation, Woodland Regional High School.

Residents from Beacon Falls and Prospect are encouraged to attend either or both public presentations. They are not exclusive for residents of the town in which they are being held.