Facilities Study

Press Release - September 2019

Over the spring and summer of 2019, the Board of Education engaged in multiple discussions on various aspects of the facilities study. These discussions led the Board of Education to pass the following motions:

  1. “The board acknowledges that student enrollment over next five to ten years will likely increase based upon two demographic studies. Increasing enrollment, coupled with the aging infrastructure, will result in the need to undertake building project(s).”

April 23, 2019

  1. “In recognition of the aging condition of the Windermere facility and the anticipated capital investment required in the short-term, the Board of Education hereby instructs the administration to begin activities required for the submission of New Construction or Renovate as new project grant for Windermere School…”

June 11, 2019

  1. “The Board of Education accepts the final report, as corrected, for the Facilities Study and Master Plan capital project as presented by DRA Architects and asks the administration to continue its work monitoring and planning for the trends described within and to continue exploration of the report’s recommendations with community stakeholders, including ways to increase funding for these projects within existing and special legislation”

July 24, 2019

Community Workshop #3
January 17, 2019
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Ellington High School


Community Workshop #2
Visioning: Exploration of Options
December 3, 2018
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Ellington High School


Enrollment Study

Options for Discussion

Community Workshop #1
Listening: Gathering Community Input
October 4, 2018


The Town of Ellington is a vibrant and growing community located in the suburbs of Hartford, CT. The Ellington Public Schools is a dynamic district that provides a high quality education to approximately 2,700 students. The district has five schools: three elementary schools (PK-6), one middle school (7-8), and high school (9-12).

The Ellington Public Schools, in conjunction with the Town of Ellington, is performing a Facilities Study to examine and analyze the following needs of the district:

  • The trend of increasing student enrollment;
  • The aging of the district’s facility infrastructure;
  • Ensuring that facilities are prepared for the district’s vision of academic programs.

Why a Facilities Study?

The Ellington Public Schools and Town of Ellington selected DRA Architects, of South Windsor, CT, as the consultant working to deliver the facilities study assessment.

DRA is a dedicated team of architects, planners, interior designers and staff passionate about creating spaces that enhance the way people learn, live, and work.

Their mission is to make a positive impact in the communities they serve through design excellence. They combine creativity, innovative thought, and functional planning to produce environments that achieve client goals.

Working Committee Members

Dr. Scott V. Nicol Superintendent of Schools
Brian Greenleaf Director of Finance and Operations
Brian Hendrickson Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction
Rebecca Gonzalez Director of Facilities
Tracey Kiff-Judson Board of Education, Chair
Gary Blanchette Board of Education; Permanent Building Committee
Kerry Socha Board of Education, Operations Committee Chair
John Turner Board of Selectmen
Douglas Harding Board of Finance
Peter Welti Permanent Building Committee, Chair
Lisa Houlihan Town Planner

Schedule of Events

Event Date & Time
Facilities Study Working Committee September 6, 2018 6:00pm
Community Workshop - Gathering Community Input October 4, 2018 7:00pm
Facilities Study Working Committee October 11, 2018 6:00pm
Facilities Study Working Committee November 5, 2018 5:00pm
Community Workshop - Looking at the Options November 15, 2018 7:00pm
December 3, 2018 7:00pm
Facilities Study Working Committee January 10, 2018 6:00pm
Community Workshop - Final Report January 17, 2018 7:00pm

Documents & Media