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DAS Applauds passage of School Construction HVAC reimbursement program

(HARTFORD) - DAS is pleased to announce the passage of a reimbursement program for school HVAC system installation, repair, and upgrades, and makes multiple changes to eligible costs under the school construction reimbursement programThe initiative was passed as part of the budget implementer in the 2022 legislative session.

DAS Commissioner Michelle Gilman said, “Improving indoor air quality in schools leads to a healthier learning environment for students and faculty.  Repairing and upgrading equipment can lead to long-term cost savings for our taxpayers and the efficiency of these systems through “green” environmentally friendly solutions are an added bonus. We are appreciative to the General Assembly, including Education Committee Co-Chairs Senator McCrory and Representative Sanchez, along with numerous agency and community stakeholders in supporting this initiative.”

DAS will establish a reimbursement program for local and regional school HVAC system installation, repair, and upgrades that are similar to, though separate from, the school construction reimbursement program established in CGS 10-283. State reimbursement levels are set annually based on municipal wealth and population information from 20 to 80 percent of project costs.

Some administrative changes to the bill for school construction projects process include:

  • Allowing a larger space standard for school buildings built between 1950-1959,

  • Moving projects for school administration buildings from the list of allowable non-priority list reimbursements to needing legislative approval through the priority list process, 

  • Automatically moving projects through the process when a certificate of occupancy has been granted and removing a requirement for newspaper notice for construction contracts.

DAS applauds these changes and looks forward to assisting local school districts with the reimbursement program.