Residents approve funding for Tolland school with crumbling foundation

Tolland

The fate of the state’s first school with a crumbling foundation was in the hands of voters on Tuesday.

People in Tolland went to the polls to decide what’s next for the Birch Grove Primary School.

They voted on spending $46 million to repair the school’s cracked foundation, which passed 2037-722. There was a 26.28 percent turnout, the largest the town has ever seen.

Related: Work begins on first publicly-funded crumbling foundation replacement

News 8 investigated when Congressman Joe Courtney looked into the problem back in March. 

Tests revealed the mineral pyrrhotite, which is linked to the crumbling concrete crisis, has been eating away at the foundation. 

The state has agreed to pay about half of the repair costs, but that still leaves taxpayers on the hook for about $20 million. 

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