GREENWICH — It will be at least another year before the fields at Hamilton Avenue School will be fixed.

Plans originally were to level and upgrade the fields this summer, but criticism by the town finance board’s budget committee over the nearly $792,000 cost has caused the Board of Education to scrap plans to begin when the weather gets warm.

“There remains broad support within the Board Education to do a project to improve the field at Hamilton Avenue and to bring that field more into line with those at our other elementary schools,” school board Chairman Peter Sherr said. “The only question that remains on the board is the exact project that will accomplish this and the timing of the project.”

The fields were damaged when the school was rebuilt in 2008. Project managers used the grasslands as a staging area during the work, leaving the ground pitted, marred by drain covers, unlevel and filled with rocks and tree roots.

The school project was beset by problems, from delays and cost overruns to mold in the temporary classrooms where the students were housed.

For nearly nine years, the fields were left unimproved while the district settled lawsuits over the work then rebuilt a parking garage on the property.

With the final court claims completed last year, residents, neighbors and parents expected the work would finally begin.

But the Board of Estimate and Taxation’s budget committee in January and February refused to vote on the funds, saying the project cost nearly twice what it expected and demanding the school district come up with another plan and another price tag.

BET Chairman Michael Mason said discussions last fall put the cost for the field work between $300,000 and $400,000. He said the school board asked for a special $791,800 appropriation in January, which the committee said was unrealistic.

“The committee thought the $800,000 amount was much more than we were prepared to spend on that project,” BET Budget Committee chairman James Lash said. “It’s about that simple. The field can be made into a pretty good elementary school playing field for a far lesser cost.”

Jim Hricay, the Greenwich Public Schools’ managing director of operations, said a less expensive plan was rejected by the Board of Education because it did not include leveling the field.

This week, Sherr said the district will not try to do work this summer. Instead, it will fold the field upgrade into the ongoing district-wide facility master plan with an eye on either doing the work next summer or having it done as part of the 2018-19 budget.

Parents and neighbors of the school said they are not being kept informed on the field renovation talks and have said continued delays on the upgrade have made them question why the work still hasn’t been done.

At least one critic has said the problem illustrates the differences between the haves in town and the have-nots.

Syl Pecora Sr., a member of District 3’s RTM delegation and a member of the school project’s original building committee, said the delay was discriminatory to the western side of town. He said money for the new fire and police stations and Cos Cob park were allocated, but not for the Hamilton Avenue fields.

“It’s another year added onto the other nine years,” Pecora said. “We haven’t had a field in that long where children can just play normally. ... It’s just a big go-around and the kids are suffering for it,”

Catherine Fiorito Brunetti, chairwoman of the Hamilton Avenue School PTA, said parents are very concerned about the status of the field.

“Of course we would like it to be done as soon as possible,” Brunetti said. “We’ve had to wait too long for everything. Waiting another year on this is not something we’d like to hear.”

Dawn Fortunato, a parent and member of the Representative Town Meeting, said it was unfair to the students to have to use a substandard field, especially because Western Greenwich has few other options for them to play at.

“It’s a real travesty that our children continue to wait for a field that is level, has grass, is free of rocks, massive tree roots, mud and an abundance of manhole covers,” Fortunato said. “A signal injury of one child could certainly prove penny foolish.”

Sherr said the board would discuss field repair options in the fall when it begins work on its capital plan for the 2018-19 budget.