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Public Voices Concerns for New Lebanon School Feasibility Study

Hearing presents plans for expanding the elementary school

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Greenwich, CT | Added on November 10, 2014 At 11:26 PM

The gym at New Lebanon Elementary Schoo was full tonight, but not with students. Members of the community came out to voice their opinions on the school's feasibility study. 

"We are now in that very normal, healthy process of debating and discussing what are the concepts," said Greenwich Schools Superintendent Dr. William McKersie. 

There are three conceptual designs for the renovation and construction of New Lebanon School. The most popular of the three plans was "scheme C" because of its conservation of woodlands and open space. 

"The Byram Village Green, located on Williams Street in the heart of Byram, is a natural space where at any time of day you might see little leaguers fielding a hit, parents and children playing soccer, dog owners giving Fluffy some fresh air, or a simple picnic in the grass," said one citizen. 

CItizens voiced their concerns about  other issues with the plans. 

"This gym is not a full size gym. You couldn't have participants here. The cafeteria is tiny, the media center is too small. The computer room is too small."

"We still have the beautiful open field there. It's secure for children playing after school. Bad people are not going to do things when it's out in the open."

"Let's not have the stress of the administration, and more importantly the children, doesn't need to be added to by selecting a solution that would either disperse the student population by demolishing this school and sending them out to other schools, or putting them in temporary shacks, essentially FEMA tents for multiple years."

"Byram contributes, and has contributed, arguably more than its fair share, and I'm not sure this is always fully appreciated in Town."

How do we keep the community character? How do we make it fit the community? I really applaud this effort. I think New Lebanon is going to be a marvelous school."

Members of the community can also make comments in writing at www.greenwichschools.org/NLScomments. 


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