Sigh of relief

FI-EditorialAmong the welcome sights of summer, one does not usually include the rumble of construction vehicles to tear an area up. But seeing them arrive at Greenwich High School was a good thing indeed.

The arrival of those vehicles means that work is resuming once more on the new auditorium and classrooms project better known as MISA. And it means that, at long last, after far too many delays, the town is seeing, pardon the pun, concrete progress. This thing is actually going to get built. It will not get hung up in the approval process of town government. It will not be blocked. It’s going to happen.

That has to be a huge relief to those on the Board of Education and those in district and school administration who have fought so long to see this project become a reality. And that’s to say nothing of the parents and the students who have done everything they could to campaign and raise awareness of the need for a better auditorium and expanded classroom space even though they won’t be the ones benefiting.

Work may have resumed, but the finish line is still mighty far away. According to the estimates of the project’s building committee, the completed project won’t be a reality until two and a half to three years from now, so most of the students who are going to have to endure the inconvenience of this construction aren’t even going to have the chance to enjoy MISA’s benefits.

That seems quite unfair, but students who have fought for this project recognize that this is an investment that will benefit not only younger siblings but generations of future GHS students who will have the learning space befitting their musical talents and the auditorium in which to display them. This will allow the school to continue to thrive after they’ve left.

The cost is high for this project. There’s no way of sugarcoating it. Even the project’s biggest advocates have to take a pause when they see a $42.4-million price tag. But this is an investment that shows new families that Greenwich is serious about providing the best education to its public school students. This has been approved several times by both the Board of Estimate and Taxation and Representative Town Meeting, albeit by votes far too close for comfort, and now it is finally happening.

Once the RTM gave its approval this past May, this work became happily inevitable. But Board of Education Chairman Leslie Moriarty is right. Seeing those vehicles arrive makes it more real. The town can see this is happening and it’s a mighty good sight indeed.

Of course with construction projects, you never know what could happen. No one could have predicted when work began two years ago contaminated soil hidden for decades under the ground would be found, causing a two-year delay. But there’s reason to share Ms. Moriarty’s hope that the worst is behind this project. May the renewed work be less like Hamilton Avenue School’s construction and more like Glenville School’s.

Work is just beginning and there are indeed potential challenges to come, but there will be visible progress soon, and years from now, when all is said and done, people will not be asking how could MISA cost so much, but, instead, how could the town ever have lived without it.

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