From Linda Conner Lambeck, CT Post:
Stargazing is still among the plans for a new Bassick High School, but students will probably have to settle for the real kind.
The idea of adding a planetarium when the school’s 51-year-old observatory is moved to the new Bassick got a lukewarm reaction when it was proposed to the city’s School Building Committee.
“Spending a half a million dollars for a nice thing … is problematic,” City Finance Director Ken Flatto said. “Unless there is a commitment to staffing it, it seems like a waste of money to me.”
… Larry Schilling, a program manager for the city’s school construction projects, said the idea for a planetarium was raised by architects because it would complement the rooftop observatory.
An observatory has telescopes, in Bassick’s case, a Japanese-made Goto astronomical telescope with a hydrogen alpha solar filter and 6-inch refracter lens good for viewing the planets.
Full story here.