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New committee to decide plan for Auburn Village School renovation

By Melissa Proulx
Union Leader Correspondent

August 22. 2017 10:07PM
Students attend Auburn Village School from kindergarten to eighth grade. (COURTESY)

AUBURN — A new committee will start forming a plan to renovate the town’s only school this fall.

The School Improvement Committee was put together by the School Board and consists of 14 members, including representatives from the school district and town government, as well as half a dozen community members.

“Our goal in selecting members was to achieve a solid cross section of the community with members that had various points of view and perspectives," said School Board Chairman Keith LeClair.

Residents are encouraged to attend the meetings so they can also have input.

The first meeting is expected to be held sometime in September.

“I would like to impress upon everyone that the School Board and this committee will need all the support we can get,” LeClair said. “So even if you are not a member of this committee, there will still be a place for everyone that wants to be involved. We anticipate sub-committees being formed to support different functions of the SIC.”

Plans to address the space needs at Auburn Village School have been in the works for years.

Currently, nine classrooms are located in modular units on the school grounds, which have exceeded their life expectancy, according to officials. An addition would also add more space to the school’s gym, which can’t hold all the students for a school-wide assembly, and the nurses office doesn’t meet minimum code requirements.

Restrooms are also insufficient for both staff and students, who range from kindergarten to 8th grade.

The hope is that the additional space would also increase safety and security for the students, as well as allow for increased enrollment in the future.

Voters said no to allowing the School Board to apply for nearly $25 million in bonds that would have funded the construction of an addition and renovation of the school.

Had it passed, work would have started this fall. It would have been split into three phases, the first of which would have constructed the additional classroom space. After that, the portable classrooms would be taken down and the main building would be renovated.

The last phase would be construction of a new gym.

Renderings of the plans and a breakdown of the tax impact for these proposals can be found on the School Board’s website.


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