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Board OK's Cuts to GHS Project

The Greenwich Board of Education voted unanimously on Thursday to approve Superintendent Sidney Freund's budget reduction, from $29.3 million to $28.87 million, for the Greenwich High School music space and auditorium project.

After estimated costs grew by nearly $1.5 million in June, Freund called for nearly half a million dollars in cuts.

School board Chairman Steven Anderson said, "One of the things from my standpoint as we go through this process is we want to make sure we do it right ... but also not create the perception that we're building the Taj Mahal. I think these cuts are in terms of the soft goods area ... the trims are in the right place." The board's action came at the first meeting of the coming school year at Glenville Elementary School

Last October, the board approved the $27.8 million project. In June, revisions by the high school Music Instruction Space and Auditorium building committee bumped the cost to nearly $29.3 million.

The plan is a new design for the renovation of the school's Music Instructional Space and Auditorium project. It adds a choral room to the existing music space, creates a new building at the site of the present auditorium, and builds a new auditorium with a galleria and seating for 1,325. It also calls for modifications to the site for better traffic flow, including widening driving lanes and extending the west parking lot.

Freunds reductions call for reusing furniture and equipment as well as postponing the purchase of new items.

They do, however, preserve other aspects of the building's design, including the higher ceiling in the choral room, the building of the new auditorium, music classrooms and environmentally friendly designs like a green roof over the music space.

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