$18M expansion planned for White Mountain Regional School District career-technical center
Plans include new space for existing and new CTE programs and a biomass plant, and the vacated space in the high school will provide space for more classrooms and athletic practice space.
“That made the warrant article dealing with the CTE project confusing,” Fensom said. “When people are confused, they generally vote no.”
The entire cost of the project is $18,073,862. Of that, $13.5 million will be covered by state aid, leaving $4,573,862 to be bonded locally.
The biomass plant costs are covered by the 75 percent state aid. It would heat the existing school and the addition and is estimated to save the district about $61,000 in fuel costs a year. The district is also looking into grants that would further offset the costs of this part of the project.
The current CTE facility was built in 1984, according to Director Lisa Perras. Most of the CTE programs are taught in this wing, but some are in the 1966 portion of the high school.
The new CTE Center would be well-used by students. Of the 2013 graduating class, 47 percent completed the two-year program of studies in one of the 12 areas offered. The 2012 class also had a close to 50 percent participation rate.
The towns of Whitefield, Lancaster, Jefferson, Dalton and Carroll make up the WMRS district. But because CTE centers are regional, the towns of Groveton, Stratford, Littleton, Lin-Wood, Lisbon and Profile also send students to Whitefield.
The hospitality program would be upgraded to include an up-to-date kitchen that would allow them to host paying business functions, giving student real-world experience.
It isn’t just the CTE programs that would benefit. About 7,000 square feet in the existing building would be vacated. There are five teachers who move from room to room with carts who would be provided permanent classroom space.
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