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Four Rivers School to build addition on high school building

Recorder file/Peter MacDonald
Four Rivers Charter School has earned its third renewal from the state, as well as approval to expand the number students it can enroll.

Recorder file/Peter MacDonald Four Rivers Charter School has earned its third renewal from the state, as well as approval to expand the number students it can enroll.

GREENFIELD — Four Rivers Charter Public School will expand its high school building this summer to add more space for classrooms and special events.

School officials said that Four Rivers Educational Foundation, the nonprofit organization that owns the campus, will pay for the 2,500-square-foot addition — at an approximate cost of $500,000.

Construction will begin at the end of June and is scheduled to be completed in October. Peterman Architects of Concord was hired as a design firm for the project.

The 8-year-old high school building, which is used by about 220 students across six grades, was in need of more space to accommodate the school’s 17 full-time teachers, to eliminate scheduling difficulties and to create more opportunities for special events.

The project covers two new classrooms, the expansion of an existing classroom, a breakout room and additional circulating space.

“These two classrooms mean that every core teacher has a home base and appropriate space for teaching,” said Principal Peter Garbus. “The plan also provides additional display space for student work and a modest lobby for entry to the high school.”

The charter school opened its doors in 2004.

Garbus said the school pays rent to the campus’ owner Four Rivers Educational Foundation — which includes mortgage payments, a reserve fund and money for capital improvements.

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