first_imgRIDGEFIELD — Timing was the big theme in Ridgefield on Monday.Ridgefield School District officials, students, city officials and supporters gathered for a groundbreaking ceremony for the district’s upcoming 5-8 campus, the first new school built in Ridgefield in 40-plus years.A few aggressive decisions early in the process to help speed things up have given the district a target date of August 2018 to finish construction, in time for the start of the 2018-2019 school year. The new campus, which will hold a 5-6 school and 7-8 school with shared services, will house about 1,250 students and allow the district to repurpose View Ridge Middle School, bringing students out of the increasingly crowded downtown Ridgefield.To ensure that once the district’s $78 million bond passed — which it did with 68.82 percent of the vote in February — district officials got approval from the school board to go out and do design work for the new campus last year.“Now not only can we hit the ground running, but it saved us some money,” Superintendent Nathan McCann said. “Most of our design work is done, and we were able to lock in some people to do the work.”When factoring in for inflation and waiting to start the work now, McCann estimates the district saved around $2 million going out to bid early. He also said construction could begin as soon as the middle of this month.last_img

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