BASIC FACTS ABOUT THE CHALK HILL SCHOOL BUILDING

Here are some basic facts on the former Chalk Hill School building, which will be used to house students and staff from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown beginning in early January:

 

—Built in 1969.

—Two-and-a-half stories in height (including the basement).

—92,000 square feet in size (including 11,000 square feet in the limited basement). Footprint is about 43,000 square feet.

—More than 50 rooms, including classrooms, offices, gymnasium, large lecture room, kitchen/cafeteria, storage areas.

—Part of a three-school campus on Fan Hill Road with Fawn Hollow Elementary School and Jockey Hollow (Middle) School, which also has two large outdoor recreation areas.

—Operated as a school from 1969 to June 2011.

—Now under the control of the town of Monroe (and no longer the Monroe Board of Education).

—Utilized by the town for town Parks and Recreation Department offices and programs, Monroe Volunteer EMS training facility, and a privately-run childcare center for Monroe school and town employees.

—Town has been considering what to do with the building in the future, with the main options being to turn it into a community center through a public-private partnership, turn it into a community center that would be run by the town, or mothball/hypernate it (close it completely but provide minimal heating and cooling, and minor maintenance, so it could possible be used again in the future). Demolition also has been discussed but not considered likely to happen because the building is structurally sound.

—Partially located in two different residential zoning districts (this has been an issue if the building should be turned into a community center).

 

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