Groundbreaking ceremony held for Hinsdale School renovation project

A ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony for the Hinsdale School construction project on Thursday, May 20.
A ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony for the Hinsdale School construction project on Thursday, May 20.

WINSTED — A ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony for a construction project to reopen Hinsdale School was held on Thursday, May 20.
The project to reopen the school by July 2022 started in late April.
During its more than 50 years of operation, the school building served students from second to fourth grade.
The school building was closed in June 2017 by the state, which at the time took over the Winchester School District under a receivership.
Back in September 2019, residents at a special referendum vote approved funding to renovate and reopen the school building.
With the vote, the town was allowed to appropriate $17,425,000 for the project, with at least $7 million in state grants to pay for the project.
Employees from Montagno Construction from Waterbury, which is undertaking the renovation project, were at the event, and working as the groundbreaking ceremony took place.
According to Kurt Montagno, president of Montagno Construction, the building is currently in an abatement phase.
“The building itself has good bones and it has a great exterior,” Montagno said.
“It looks a little rough looking right now, but we have to get through this rough phase for it to look like a school again,” Superintendent of Schools Melony Brady Shanley said. “It’s exciting to be at this stage finally. It has taken many years to get here.”
When reopened, Hinsdale would serve Pre-Kindergarten students to students in the second grade, which are grades currently being served by Batcheller Early Learning Center.
When asked what would become of the Batcheller school building, Brady Shanley said that any decision would be up to the Board of Selectmen.
Tony Sandonato, chairman of the town’s Hinsdale Renovation Committee, said that he and members of the committee are all excited to see work begin on the project.
“There are many reasons why this project is important to Winsted,” Sandonato said. “This is a critical investment into our community and it’s an absolute prerequisite to furthering Winsted’s economic development. Most importantly, it’s an investment in our children.”

Kurt Montagno, president of Montagno Construction with Winchester Superintendent of Schools Melony Brady-Shanley.
An inside view of one of the classrooms in the building.
What the building will look like when completed in July 2022.

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