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New Lebanon School works on finishing details

March 5, 2019

GREENWICH — The new building for New Lebanon School has been open to students for two weeks, but work at the site is ongoing.

In late March, fences will be installed around the old school building in preparation for demolition. That work is expected to be completed into the summer break.

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

The town has received its fourth installment of reimbursements from the state of $3,495,815. That bring the total reimbursement for the school building to $15,738,167 to date. The total price tag for the new building is $37.3 million.

The new building features 21 classrooms, three per grade from preschool through Grade 5, along with four rooms for art, music, and other instruction.

Starting this month, two of the three preschool rooms have students enrolled.

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