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Reconstructed Kensington school opens today

There is a ceremony today re-opening Kensington High School as Frederick Law Olmsted at Kensington, the latest project in the $1.5 billion rebuilding of city schools.

The Joint Schools Construction Board yesterday approved paying more than $6 million in the latest monthly installment of the building project.

Chief Operating Officer Joseph Giusiana told the board those monthly payments will rise sharply as the $175 million Phase 5 of the program kicks into action.

That includes major projects like Grover Cleveland High School, School 53 and Drew Science Magnet School 59.

The  $293 million Phase 4 part of the project is almost finished.

Giusiana says the district is also spending around $5 million a year on maintenance of the rehabbed buildings, covering parts of the buildings which weren't re-done.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.