Audits reveal dysfunction in CT’s school construction system under Diamantis

It took the state 12 years — the same amount of time a student can pass from…

It took the state 12 years — the same amount of time a student can pass from first grade to college — to conclude that the town of Manchester owed it nearly $5 million due to “ineligible costs” in a state-financed reconstruction of its middle school, Bennet Academy.

The good news for Manchester is that the auditors worked for the Office of School Construction Grants & Review, the same office that initially signed off on the spending. After an appeal to the office’s director, Kostantinos “Kosta” Diamantis, he agreed to waive the debt.