Simmons & Miller Applaud Grants for Stamford Schools

July 27, 2018

State Representatives Caroline Simmons (D) and Patricia Miller (D) are hailing the approval of grants-in-aid for two city schools.

At a special meeting of the State Bond Commission on Wednesday, members voted to approve more than $243,000 in funding for projects at Rippowam Middle School and Westhill High School.

“A healthy and safe environment is essential for student achievement and I am grateful to our Stamford delegation and the Bonding Chairs for all their work to make these grants possible for upgrades at Stamford schools,” said Rep. Simmons.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to apply for grants like this one that address essential needs in our buildings and to Representatives Simmons and Miller for her support,” said Stamford Public Schools Superintendent Earl Kim. “We look forward to the media center upgrades that will positively impact student learning and help us to cultivate the productive habits of mind we wish to instill in every child.”

“We are very excited by the news that the State Bond Commission has approved our grant application,” said Michael Rinaldi, Westhill principal. “The impact that a financial commitment of this level will make towards moving our Library Media Center into a progressive and engaging space; where students and staff can work together is profound. I am excited about the plans that have been put forward for the redesign and want to especially thank Assistant Principal Chase Dunlap and our Media Specialists Jan Benedict and Ruth Letson for their vision and work on this project.”

Other upgrades included in the nearly $125,000 grant for Rippowam are classroom furniture, fixtures and equipment, and portable whiteboards. The more than $118,000 allocation for Westhill includes Smartboards, Chromebooks, a charging station and cart. Renovations slated for Westhill include electrical work and wall repairs.

(Note: Rep. Patricia Miller of Stamford is chair of the Bonding Subcommittee)