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New Lebanon School will break ground next week

December 1, 2017 GMT

GREENWICH — After five months of delays, ground will be broken on Dec. 7 to commence construction of a new building for New Lebanon School.

A ceremony will be held at the New Lebanon School building site, located behind the existing school, at 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 7 to inaugurate the construction phase of the project. The ceremony will be attended by state and town officials, the Board of Education, district administration, the New Lebanon Building Committee and New Lebanon School staff and students.

“This is an exciting time for the entire Greenwich community,” said Peter Bernstein, chair of the Board of Education and BOE liaison to the New Lebanon Building Committee. “This project is a long time coming, and I look forward to seeing the students’ faces when they enter the new school.”

The total cost of the new school is $37.3 million. The Building Committee signed a contract accepting a guaranteed maximum price of $30.7 million in actual construction costs in the past week, said Stephen Walko, chair of the New Lebanon Building Committee. That GMP is $200,000 less than originally anticipated by the Building Committee, and the extra funds will become contingency for the project. The state has agreed to reimburse about $20 million of construction costs, with the remainder paid for by the town.

“This is exciting, but we understand that it was a tough road to get to where we are,” said Walko. “This is the beginning of the next phase, and it is incumbent upon the Building Committee to ensure that we remain on time and on budget.”

The earliest date that students may move into the new building is February 2019, Walko said. Construction, including demolition of the old building, site work and landscaping, will not be substantially completed until August 2019.

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