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Officials cut ribbon on Garden City school renovation

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A sign at Garden City High School advertises a school budget vote. (Credit: Newsday/Karen Wiles Stabile)

Garden City school officials and community leaders celebrated completion of Garden City High School’s new music wing and other renovations with a ribbon-cutting for the $10.5-million project.

The event included the sealing and burying of a time capsule containing artifacts selected by students — a yearbook, a school jersey, recent programs from concerts and theater productions, and examples of “outdated” energy uses, such as incandescent light bulbs.
“We’ve created an outstanding space for our growing and award-winning music program,” Garden City schools superintendent Robert Feirsen said.

The project, along with other recent capital improvements throughout the district, was financed through a $36.5-million construction bond issue approved by local voters in a referendum held in October 2009.

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The 10,350-square-foot music wing houses a 2,500-square-foot band room, 2,000-square-foot chorus room and 2,000-square-foot orchestra room, as well as a practice room and music teachers’ office, said Roger Smith, president and lead architect of BBS Architects, Landscape Architects and Engineers of Patchogue.

The new music rooms provide large rehearsal spaces for each music program. Before the expansion, students shared the school’s stage for practices, which limited rehearsal time, school officials said.

Other work at the high school included 20,000 square feet of interior renovations to the existing building, replacement of the roof, construction of new bleachers at the athletic field, and site and roadways improvements, Smith said.

Also attending the ceremony were New York State Regent Roger Tilles, state Sen. Kemp Hannon (R-Garden City), Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray, Garden City Mayor Donald Brudie, Assemb. Tom McKevitt (R-East Meadow) and board of education members.

BBS Architects was architect, interior designer, civil engineer and mechanical, plumbing and electrical engineer for the project.

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