Town Approves $682,000 in Contracts To Purchase Furniture, Equipment for Addition at Saxe Middle School; Project on Time and Budget

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Town officials last week approved contracts totaling $682,000 for furniture and equipment for the Saxe Middle School addition that’s taking shape along Farm Road.

The contracts and funds, built into the overall $18.6 million project, came before the Board of Selectmen in its capacity as the purchasing agent for the town.

Part of “phase three” of the Saxe renovation and expansion, the items received state approval and have been vetted by New Canaan Public Schools administrators to ensure all technology equipment meets district system requirements, according to Penny Rashin, chairman of the Saxe Building Committee.

“Really this is the technical equipment and the furnishings for the classrooms being built and renovated,” Rashin told the selectmen at their regular meeting, held March 7 at Town Hall.

The $682,000 total includes $440,000 for furniture, fixtures and equipment, up to $212,000 for technology equipment and a contingency of $30,000. The board voted 3-0 to approved the contracts.

Selectman Nick Williams asked whether the project was on budget and on time. Rashin said it was.

Selectman Beth Jones said: “I think it’s very exciting that we are to the furniture stage now.”

According to Rashin, the addition now has its staircase in, “so you can go up to the second floor now without going up a ladder.”

The Saxe Building Committee—in addition to Rashin, it includes Vice Chairman Jim Beall, Secretary Ken Campbell, Molly Ludtke, Alan Sneath, Bill Walbert, Amy Murphy Carroll and Dr. Jo-Ann Keating—broke ground on the project last summer. It includes the renovation of the 59-year-old auditorium at Saxe, as well as a “right-sizing” of music rooms that a building committee immediately identified as a need, and a 12-room addition that emerged a few months later to address rapidly rising enrollment at the overcrowded middle school. New Canaan’s public funding bodies, the Town Council and Board of Finance, each unanimously supported the project following well-attended public hearings in the fall of 2015, at which dozens of galvanized parents and other residents, including some students, spoke out in favor of it.

With respect to signing off on contracts, First Selectman Rob Mallozzi said at the meeting, “This is exactly what we are here to do and we want to support you.”

One thought on “Town Approves $682,000 in Contracts To Purchase Furniture, Equipment for Addition at Saxe Middle School; Project on Time and Budget

  1. Penny and Jim are the faces of selflessness and civic duty of New Canaan. They no longer have children in the school system, yet recognized the importance of paying it forward for the future. I know Penny quite well, and have seen the hours, devotion, dedication and determination she has put into this project. From the start, she knew how important it was to break ground quickly, and not prolong the process to the detriment of students currently in an overcrowded building. With Penny and Jim at the helm, it is not surprise that the Saxe project is “on time and on budget.” I also suspect that my fearless friend has no qualms about climbing up the ladder to the second story. Now, we all have a clear way forward up to the higher levels. A fitting image indeed. On behalf of all those who recognize the value of a quality education for all children, not just our own: thank you to the Building Committee for your fine work here!

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