On pricey schools and priceless trees
I am certainly glad to see that after months and months of meetings, and discussions with the state, at last the New Lebanon School will be built. On the other hand, it follows the lead of other schools with regard to the outrageous price for all our schools, with the high school leading that race.
In this space I have brought out the fact that there was a fine way to get a new school which could have been for less money and would not have disturbed the children at all. There are several firms that produce buildings already built and require just a foundation. As the owner of one of these houses, it has lasted for over 30 years with not one bit of a problem of any kind. At the time I checked with a well-known architect who said that eventually all building will be like this. Still, it seems to me that those in charge of building in our town do enjoy spending the town’s money in all directions.
Having been around forever, I remember when the high school was built. Unfortunately the architect was from California and seemed to have forgotten that there was snow and cold in this part of the world. Then there was the Glenville School, for which they decided that they wanted open classrooms, which was done until most unpopular, and so the walls had to be included again. Well, I could go on, but I can hope that those in charge of the school will remember the rest of us town folk.
Last week I told you what the Greenwich Land Trust has accomplished, and so this week it is the turn of the Tree Conservancy. I am sure you are aware that I feel strongly that the organizations, whose work is to keep Greenwich green, are of utmost importance.
In their 10 years, to wit, the Tree Conservancy has planted 3,000 trees on public lands in Greenwich in a successful private-public partnership; they assisted in establishing a town tree ordinance to protect our public trees; they hosted speakers and educational forums to inform and educate community residents; they celebrated community trees through their Awesome Tree Contests; they conducted tree walks in town parks and private forest preserves; they established a town-wide arboretum; they developed brochures to help citizens understand their rights and promote better tree care practices; they partnered with community organizations to improve their carbon footprint; and they created an endowment to help secure their future.
They also pick the right tree for the right place. They recently moved to new offices at the Montgomery Pinetum in Cos Cob.
This is a lot of doing for their 10-year anniversary and I for one am impressed. There is the party every year that always turns out a good crowd. For years it was held at McArdle’s downtown, which I thought was most appropriate.
It is a going group under the direction of Peter Malkin, whose idea it was and who was the first president. It is a non-profit organization for those who are interested, and for those who wish to preserve and enhance the tree and forest resources of Greenwich.
Greenwich native Norma Bartol, a former Greenwich Time reporter and columnist, lives in the backcountry.