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C o s C o b New Lebanon Site Plans Unveiled A rch i t e c t s work i ng i n conjunction with the New Lebanon School Building By Bill Slocum Contributing Editor D o w n t o w n G l e n v i l l e O l d G r e e n w i c h R i v e r s i d e

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size to 60,000 square feet, Options 3 and 4 differ significantly. Option 3 employs a multilevel floor plan with distinctive curving walls and a more compact interior design. Option 4 is more spread out, and incorporates what Kim acknowledged is an interconnected two-building effect. “We are confident we can make both of them wonderful buildings,” Szczypek told the committee. Operat ing under t ight t ime constraints, the Building Committee plans to meet again and decide which building design to go with by next week, if not this morning, when they next meet. The goal is to have a new plan for the Board of Education to approve at their next public meeting, onThursday, January 21. First reactions to the plans at the Wednesday meeting seemed to favor Option 3, with its space-efficient classrooms organized in a way to better facilitate a shared-learning Jame s La sh , a forme r f i r s t selectman elected to the BET last November, cautioned a committee of town officials reviewing capital- spending priorities against listing out the future costs of line items on budget spreadsheets as “To Be Determined” rather than offering precise figures at best or honest estimates at a minimum. “If you put down ‘TBD,’ and the BET is trying to decide whether to move something forward, if we need to cut something, the ‘TBD’ is going to get cut,” Lash said. “If it were really that pressing, you would have had the numbers.” L a s h ’ s c o m m e n t s c a m e Monday afternoon, hours before he was appointed the BET Budget Committee’s new chair. But his words a lready had an attentive audience. Fi rst Selec tman Peter Tesei chaired the meeting of his Capital Improvement Program Projects

DOWNTOWN S . The Junior League of Greenwich will begin a Spring NewMember Class on TUESDAY, JANUARY 19 at 7 p.m., at 231 E. PutnamAvenue. 203-869-1979 JLGreenwich.org S . Mary Gibbons gives ICEHOTEL talk and slide presentation on THURSDAY, JANUARY 21 at 1 p.m., at the Woman’s Club of Greenwich, 89 Maple Avenue. Free. RSVP. 203-869-2046 WomansClubOfGreenwich.org S . AuthorsLive presents an evening with the authors of The Forgotten Room on THURSDAY, JANUARY 21 at 7 p.m. in the Greenwich Library Meeting Room, 101W. S . Pianist Joyce Yang performs with the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra on SATURDAY, JANUARY 23 at 8 p.m. and SUNDAY, JANUARY 24 at 4 p.m., at the Greenwich High School Performing Arts Center, 10 Hillside Road. 203-869-2664 G reenwichSymphony.org S . The Knights of Columbus will host a “Burns Supper” on SATURDAY, JANUARY 23 from 6 to 9 p.m., at 37W. PutnamAvenue. RSVP. Open to the public. BurnsSupperGreenwich. eventbrite.com S . The Greenwich High School PTA will host its annual “SummerFare Camp Expo” on WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27 from 6 to 8 p.m., in the Greenwich High School Student Center, 10 Hillside Road. Free. Open to the public. Summerfare@ghspta.org S . Greenwich Town Party announces Block Party tickets to go on-sale on TUESDAY, JANUARY 19 and Community Tickets on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2, both at 10 a.m. GreenwichTownParty.org BACKCOUNTRY S . The Stanwich School will host the “Fashion for Change” fashion show on FRIDAY, JANUARY 22 at 7 p.m., inThe Stanwich School gym, 257 Stanwich Road. Open to the public. Sfletcher@stanwichschools.org S . Full Moon Hike withThe Greenwich Land Trust on FRIDAY, JANUARY 22 from 5 to 7 p.m., at 370 Round Hill Road. RSVP. Open to the public. 203-629-2151, ext. 102 Michelle@gltrust.org S . Sacred Heart Greenwich will hold an Open House on FRIDAY, JANUARY 22 at 9:30 a.m. for its Barat Center for Early Childhood Education. The campus is located at 1177 King Street. RSVP. 203-532-3534 CHSGreenwich.org COS COB S . The Garden Education Center of Greenwich offers Yoga Classes onWEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., at 130 Bible Brown Bag Book Club discusses Invisible Man onWEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20 at 12 p.m., at 5 Sinawoy Road. 203-222-0406 GreenwichLibrary.org S . The Greenwich Historical Society screens Mary Silliman’s War – a film about the American Revolution on THURSDAY, JANUARY 21 from 3 to 5 p.m., at 39 Strickland Road. $10 members, $15 nonmembers. 203-869-6899 GreenwichHistory.org PutnamAvenue. Free. GreenwichLibrary.org Street. 203-869-9242 GECGreenwich.org S . The Cos Cob Library’s

Committee introduced a pair of new site plans in hopes one might prove the missing ingredient for updating and en l a rg i ng By ram’s publ ic elementary school. Options 3 and 4, as they were introduced by Tai Soo Kim and Ryszard Szczypek on Wednesday, would accommodate the educational goals of New Lebanon as a magnet school while staying within site perimeters set by the Board of Se l e c tmen . I n De c ember, t he selectmen unanimously rejected a plan that strayed from that footprint. While both designs represent significant size upgrades from the current New Lebanon building, going from 37,000 square feet in

One of the new site plans for New Lebanon School discussed by architect Tai Soo Kim at a special meeting of the New Lebanon School Building Committee Wednesday.

International Baccalaureate magnet program. Schools Superintendent continued, see NEW LEB on Page 7

environment, such as what New Lebanon currently offers with its

Lash, New Budget Chair, Urges Precision

Committee to identify which capital projects desired by various town depar tments hold the broadest appeal. To that end, a list was made of capital projects in this year’s budget across a l l depar tments. Nine committee members, ranging f rom s chool s Supe r i nt endent William McKersie to Public Works Commissioner Amy Siebert to Tesei himself, were asked to score each according to 13 criteria, ranging from health and safety to economic development to process efficiency. The f i na l scores ranged on average from a high of 26 points, for a $300,000 appropriation towards building a f ire station on King Street, to a low of 13, $25,000 for a no-touch school restroom cleaning system. Other high-scoring items i nc lude $520, 000 for a design plan for a new Eastern Greenwich Civ ic Center and $300,000 for implementing a Greenwich Avenue streetscape plan, both of which

scored 25s. “This is one major influence in the submission I will make to the BET, but it is not designed to be the sole criterion,” Tesei said of the scoring system. The total amount of this year’s Capital Improvement Program, to go before the BET and ultimately the Representative Town Meeting, is $70.1 million. Of that, $32 million is earmarked for the rebuilding of New Lebanon Elementary School and expected to be reimbursed by the state at a rate of 80 percent. The focus of this meeting was on the rest of the CIP. Tesei echoed Lash’s concerns for specificity, in particular pointing out that a small piece of a larger $600,000 appropriation for a school facilities plan, representing just $40,000 in the next f iscal year, would fund a feasibility study for a

New BET Budget Committee Chair Jim Lash at a special hearing on Wednesday

By Bill Slocum Contributing Editor

I f town leaders want action on their capita l spending priorities this coming fiscal year, the Board of Estimate and Taxation’s new budget committee chairman warned them three letters are a must-to-avoid: “TBD.” GIFF Premiere

continued, see BUDGET on Page 7

Cardinal Hockey Dominating

“W hat happens to mor a l it y when y o u ’r e d r i v e n by ambition?” asked Greenwich f ilmmaker Dav id Lev ien of his audience at the Greenwich Country Day School theater Friday evening. They were gathered to celebrate the Greenwich premiere of the new Showtime series “Billions” hosted by the Greenwich International Film Festival. Levien, who has lived in Greenwich for the past 10 years and is a GIFF board member, wrote the show on spec with his frequent writing partner Brian Koppelman; the two created the show with Andrew Ross Sorkin. The audience sat focused on the stage during a Q & A session held after GIFF Programming Director Colleen deVeer, GIFF Chairman of the Board Wendy Reyes, Billions Creator David Levien, and GIFF COO Ginger Stickel at the Connecticut premiere of Billions. By Cheye Roberson Sentinel Reporter

Greenwich High School senior captain Colin Kelly works the puck around his New Canaan opponent during Monday afternoon’s game at the Dorothy Hamill Ice Rink. In that game, Big Red got two goals each from bothers Alex andMichael Mozian, as well as a go-ahead goal fromBen Pratley late in the third, and came away with the 6-3 victory. So far this season, the Cardinals have been dominating the competition and, as of press time, have an undefeated regular season record. To readmore on the game, and to hear from players and head coach Bob Russel, turn to the sports section on page B1. (John Ferris Robben photo)

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