Residents Approve Funding for Tolland School's Crumbling Concrete Repairs

Tolland voters voted on Tuesday in favor of borrowing $46 million to tear down and rebuild Birch Grove Primary School, which has a crumbling foundation.

Community members have had several meetings, all to prepare them for Tuesday's vote.

Tests confirmed that pyrrhotite, the mineral linked to crumbling concrete is present in the foundation of the school.

The state has agreed to pay 52 percent of the $46 million price tag, but that leaves more than $20 million up to the taxpayers to cover.

The town said they're still hoping for federal support as well.

With referendum approved, the two-year construction project will begin as soon as this school year ends.

During the repairs, students will be in portable classrooms.

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