Allenstown planning assessment of town schoolsBy MELISSA PROULX
Union Leader Correspondent
January 22. 2018 11:20PM
ALLENSTOWN — School district officials are seeking a person or company to do a feasibility assessment of the town’s two schools.
The request for proposal (RFP) was released and aims to evaluate the two schools in town — Allenstown Elementary School and the Armand R. Dupont School — and provide future options for the district.
The study will also look into the community demographics and future enrollment projections for the district, according to the RFP.
The study is the starting step toward looking at combining the town’s two schools, though the scope will also include information about maintaining or renovating the facilities, or any other new construction.
Combining the two Allenstown schools is an idea that school officials have been toying with as a way to help save money for the town.
“I feel like we have to start doing something sooner rather than later,” said school board chairman Kris Raymond.
Both of the buildings are decades old.
The elementary school was built about 55 years ago and was expanded in 1972. The middle school is just over 60 years old and was previously the parish community center for the St. John the Baptist Parish next door until the town purchased the building in 1988.
Neither school has been renovated or updated since the 1980s, according to the RFP.
There are 375 students between the two schools, according to the RFP.
The school board will need to vote on who conducts the study and deal with the cost issues at a later date.
The actual cost of the study won’t be known until then, though similar projects have cost anywhere between $20,000 and $36,000.
According to the timeline in the RFP, the hope is to have the candidate chosen by the spring.
Proposals are due by March 13 and the finalists are expected to be shared with the school board on March 19.
The RFP can be viewed below or found online at http://sau.sau53.org/allenstown-school-district-feasibility-study-rfp/.