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Region 6 to weigh expansion of agriculture building
Litchfield.bz (10-06-17)


The agriculture science and technology center at Wamogo Regional High School would be expanded with the use of private funding under a plan being developed. BZ photo
 
The Region 6 Board of Education has endorsed a plan to study the viability of expanding the 17-year-old agriculture science and technology building at Wamogo Regional High School using private funding.
 
The agriculture science and technology program has outgrown the building and needs more space, according to school officials. There are 210 students in the program this year, or 65 more than the building was designed to hold.
 
Region 6 is seeking proposals from archictectural firms that would show how the building could potentially be expanded. The proposals will provide an idea of how much money would need to be raised for the project, according to Region 6 Superintendent of Schools Christopher Leone.
 
“The agriculture science program has grown significantly over the years,” Region 6 school board Chairman Heather Connor of Morris said. “When reviewing the growth, we found there is a need for additional classroom and shop space.”
 
Funding for the project would be sought from individuals, businesses and other private sources. Taxpayers in Warren, Morris and Goshen would not be asked to fund the expansion.
 
A larger building would allow the agriculture science and technology program to improve its current offerings and service more students. The program typically has a waiting list of 25 to 30 students each school year. In addition to Warren, Morris and Goshen, students in the program come from Litchfield, Harwinton, Burlington, Torrington, Thomaston and Plymouth/Terryville.