BRONXVILLE, N.Y. – The Bronxville High School auditorium and science lab renovation is well under way, and remains on schedule for its planned opening during the next academic year.
Late last year, the state Education Department approved the $10 million renovation of the antiquated auditorium and science labs, marking the first overhaul since the 1960s.
Just three months into the long-awaited project, the interior of the auditorium has been demolished, including the balcony and stage, and excavation on the side lobby is expected to begin this week.
The science lab demolition will begin over the summer, while students are on break. Work on the auditorium will continue through the year, with construction poised to be completed after February break in 2015.
According to Board of Education President David Brashear, “the auditorium construction project is on schedule and the district anticipates that the science lab renovations will be completed by the opening of school.”
In May 2012, the Bronxville Board of Education approved the borrowing of $5 million through a bond referendum to support the $10 million project. Another $2 million will come from a construction reserve the district created in 2011. The final $3 million is coming from the Bronxville PTA, the Bronxville School Foundation and other private donors.
“In a building as old as ours, reinvestment is a required aspect to the strategic planning of the district,” Brashear said. “The board has weighed the facilities needs of the district, and we look forward to the completion of the project at hand.”