According to the Town of Brookfield's website, there's been a hydraulic fluid spill at the construction site of the new Candlewood Lake School project in Brookfield. However, there were absolutely no students, staff, or neighbors placed in harm's way from the spill.

The spill happened on Friday afternoon, December 10, when a burst hose from a concrete pump truck spilled 5 to 15 gallons of hydraulic fluid at the construction site of the new Candlewood Lake Elementary School. Check out the proposal for the new school dated November of 2018.

The Brookfield Land Use Office reported the spill to the Fire Marshal, the Fire Chief, and Volunteer Fire Department; all dispatched to help contain the fluid. In addition, the CT Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) emergency response coordinator and Moran Environmental (of Newtown, CT) deployed to the site. They were on the scene within 45 minutes of notification.

According to an article on Danbury's HamletHub, on March 5, 2019, Brookfield, Connecticut approved a $78.1 million plan in a vote of 1,846 to 1,033 to create a new, improved, and much larger Brookfield elementary school. The new Candlewood Lake School is being built on the grounds of Huckleberry Hill School which is 58 years old.

On May 1, 2021, the ground was broken on the new school, which will host pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. Brookfield Schools Superintendent, John Barile was very excited about the new school when he told Danbury's Hamlet Hub,

Candlewood Lake Elementary School is going to be a “state-of-the-art brand new facility”  with great technology. The building will be “energy-efficient and have amazing air quality, something very important during the pandemic” and there will be “temperature control all over.” Additionally, the school will be “built for ideal acoustics and lighting,” “the hallways made for both walking and working space,” and “the building can be used as a shelter.”

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