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Leak at GHS closes PAC, relocates basketball games

December 14, 2018

GREENWICH — All Greenwich High School performances and home basketball games will be relocated or rescheduled for the next six to eight weeks because of a flood in the upper lobby of the Performing Arts Center, school officials announced Friday morning.

Facilities staff is working with contractors to remediate the damaged areas, assess the required repairs and determine the timeline for reconstruction work, said Kim Eves, the Greenwich Public Schools’ director of communications.

Access to the GHS gym will be limited; It will be available primarily for practices and physical education classes, Eves said. All home basketball games will be relocated or rescheduled at least for “the next several weeks.”

Patrick Taylor, the school’s choir director, said his department has just started discussing where to relocate performances. He plans to still hold the upcoming choir concert scheduled for Dec. 19, but he needs to find another venue.

“There’s no other schools in town that can do it,” Taylor said. “We have a great performance venue. It’s going to be difficult to find anything that’s acoustically appropriate. Well do our heat to make sure that any diminishment to our concert is minimal.”

The students’ next performances will be in February or March, he said. But performances by others groups are scheduled for the PAC in the coming weeks.

Details regarding the new schedules and locations for events and/or performances for the schools and others will be released later by the event organizers.

On Thursday, the school reported that a leak had occurred in the costume room in the Performing Arts Center on Wednesday night.

As of Thursday, the town was meeting with insurers and assessing the damages, according to Greenwich Risk Manager Megan Damato.

This is the second leak in a month at GHS. On Nov. 15, the mechanical room in the basement of the science building at GHS flooded due to a broken gasket. The one drain in the room could not handle the volume of water, which rose to 7 feet and had to be pumped out. The science building currently has no hot water or pressurized air for its classroom labs.

The school district has requested a $217,000 appropriation to cover the costs of draining, making temporary connections and repairs to the systems, paying overtime for the staff who responded to the flood, and completing all future repairs, including replacing the heat exchanger, the compressed air system used for the science labs and the sewage system.

Greenwich High School is not the only district school to experience water problems this year.

In October, a jammed faucet caused a geyser of water to flood classrooms on the first and second floors of Cos Cob School. Those two floors of the school are expected to remain closed through the end of 2018 for repairs. In the meantime, kindergartners have been relocated to Parkway and first- and second-graders are at Old Greenwich School.

jo.kroeker@hearstmediact.com

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