The state Bond Commission today approved $4.2-million for a rebuilding project at the American School for the Deaf in West Hartford.
The school’s Board of Directors President David Carter says much of the money will be used to demolish Gallaudet Hall.
“This funding will allow us to remove the older facility, which we have been out of since 2009,” Carter said. “We will be taking that building down, we will be moving a heating facility, ad we will be doing some campus road work.”
Some alumni have objected to tearing down the largest building on campus, which has been a symbol of the school for generations.
Students are currently in portable classrooms. Administrators hope to move them into the new building in September.
The new building which will replace Gallaudet Hall is already under construction. The school is still raising money for the project.
Carter says some changes were made to the plans for the new building to include additional security features, because of the Sandy Hook attack.