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Board eyes group to explore Pembroke school-fix options

Union Leader Correspondent

November 10. 2017 1:45AM

PEMBROKE — The school board is considering forming a committee by December to explore whether to renovate or combine the town’s two elementary schools.

Village School, which houses students in pre-kindergarten through 2nd grade, needs safety repairs to bring the building up to code.

“The code issues are legit, they’re serious, they’re mandated,” said board member Tom Serafin.

The High Street building includes a three-story building constructed in 1907 and two additions, built in 1951 and 1957.

One option being considered is a 34,000-square-foot addition to the Hill School to accommodate the students from the other elementary school. Work would include extending sidewalks, adding visitor parking and widening Belanger Drive, where the school is located.

Hill School serves students in 2nd through 4th grade.

“Certainly a big part of the analysis will be how much money we can save by eliminating a school building in town,” Serafin said.

“We need feedback, especially now, more than ever, from as many people as possible. ...” Serafin said.

“If we had a dozen people that volunteered, I’d be thrilled,” Serafin said.

Residents will be voting members on the committee, with town officials serving in an advisory capacity. The group will make a recommendation to the School Board, with one option going before voters at Town Meeting.

“All we can do is recommend,” Serafin said.

People interested in serving on the committee can call SAU 53 at 485-5187.

The School Board will discuss the group again Nov. 21.

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