Rusty Malik, principal in charge of the central office construction at 35 Leroy Ave., said Darien could get the go-ahead to renovate the former library building as early as July 1 at a Board of Education Central Office/Mather Community Center Building Committee meeting in Town Hall Tuesday.

Malik met with state officials at the Department of Construction's Bureau of School Facilities June 4, where they discussed the review process that determines whether the project

is ready for construction.

"By going through this process, we will get state funding to the tune of $196,000 to $200,000," Malik said.

A state review would add a month to the process. He said, however, if the state cannot do a review process in 30 days, the project will go to a local review.

"If that happens, I anticipate that we'd be done with the review process by the end of the month," he said, recalling a previous discussion with the committee of a possible mid-July bid period for construction.; 203-972-4407;

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