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02-27-14: New School Safety Infrastructure Standards - To Which Grant Applications Will These New Standards Apply?
Following the recent release of the School Safety Infrastructure Council’s (SSIC) Report, questions were raised concerning the effective date of the new Standards established by the Council.  According to law, these new Standards go into effect on July 1, 2014.  Therefore, towns and municipalities submitting grant applications to the Division of Construction Services on or before June 30, 2014 – to be considered by the General Assembly in 2014 for the 2014/2015 school construction priority list – are not required to include the new SSIC standards.  School districts submitting grant applications on or after July 1, 2014, however, will be required to include the new Standards in their applications. 
     
The Department of Administrative Services strongly encourages Schools districts to review and where possible, implement the SSIC Standards during the school design process, even if not required to do so by law.  
 
02-25-14: The Grants Management Unit has moved to Room 437 of the State Office Building.
As of February 25th, 2014, the Grants Management Unit will be located in Room 437 (not Room 258) of the State Office Building.
 

On or after January 1, 2014, the revised policy shall require each district with a school construction project exceeding an estimated $2 million in total project costs to submit a cost estimate in a standard uniform format to allow for detailed cost analysis.  For copies, please click on the following:  

        -- Bulletin (dated 01/03/14); and

        -- Policy (dated 10/23/13).


10-11-13: ** New ED053 Form and new Site Approval Process **

Site Analysis and Environmental Planning: The district is highly encourage to coordinate and possibly arrange for a planning meeting prior to submitting a State grant-in-aid application for a School Building Project when site selection is involved, environmental resources may be impacted, and/or if the project may need State/Federal environmental permits or approvals. Click here for more details. 

 
12-26-12:  Letter from the State Fire Marshal Regarding School Security Questions.

Many local fire marshals have been contacting the Office of State Fire Marshal for guidance related to school safety. The State Fire Marshal has prepared the attached Letter in response to the requests for guidance. 

 
09-17-12:  ** NOTICE Regarding CGS 4b-91(a) Requirements for School Construction Projects **
Please be advised that, in accordance with Connecticut General Statutes Sec. 4b-91(a), contracts for construction, reconstruction, alteration, remodeling, repair or demolition of any public building or public works by a public agency paid for in whole or in part with state funds and estimated to cost more than five hundred thousand dollars shall be awarded to a bidder that is prequalified pursuant to Conn. Gen. Stat. Sec. 4a-100 after the public agency has invited such bids by notice posted on the State Contracting Portal ("Portal"). Please see the attached Notice for a full description regarding Conn. Gen. Stat. Sec. 4b-91(a) requirements for school construction projects.
 
08-22-12:  ** New Requirement for Local Review Approval Process**
Local Review Approval Process now requires a Sign-Off Review Meeting for ALL submissions (go to Supplements to the Guidelines/Procedures for the Sign-Off Review Meeting Form)
 
 




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