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Look inside the demolition of the old New Lebanon School

May 7, 2019

GREENWICH — Four months after students moved into their new New Lebanon School, abatement and demolition has begun on the old building.

So far, Gilbane, the construction company, has completed a temporary gravel parking lot, erected construction fencing and completed hazardous abatement, according to the Greenwich School district.

Demolition of some parts of the building has begun as part of the abatement process.

Punch-list work for finishing details in the new school building will be scheduled for after school hours or on Saturdays, the school district said.

The project has received its fourth reimbursement from the state, $3,495,815, for a grand total of $15,738,167 to date. A fifth reimbursement has been requested in the amount of $2,932,368, due this May. The total price tag for the new building is $37.3 million.

New Lebanon, an elementary International Baccalaureate magnet school for students from preschool to fifth grade, was built to accommodate a population in the school attendance area that had outgrown the walls of its old school. The additional space also provides for preschool classes and magnet seats, two components of the district racial balance plan.

For years, the state Department of Education has cited the school for the racial imbalance in the student body, with a population of minority students that far exceeds the population of white students.

The next generation school, equipped with flexible furniture and state-of-the-art technology, allows students to learn in many kinds of environments. The building is designed to meet the sustainability goals established by the Educational Specifications and to achieve a gold-level LEED rating from U.S. Green Building Council.

jo.kroeker@hearstmediact.com