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October 15. 2013 10:13PM

New Boston seeks help on enrollment projections

NEW BOSTON — The New Boston School District and the SAU administrators are looking for guidance on projected enrollments to fulfill future school facility needs.

The district recently put out a bid for a complete demographic analysis and assessment of educational space needs for its short- and long-term planning. The cost of the study would be about $4,000 to $5,000.

“New Boston has had a tentative addition to New Boston Central School on the CIP for several years,” said interim Superintendent Brian Balke. “This is the best opportunity for the board to have the most accurate information to closely analyze what the projected student numbers will be.”

New Boston student enrollments have been stable or slightly increasing through the years. As of Oct. 1, there were 540 students attending New Boston Central School, 15 in pre-K, 50 kindergartners, 13 in readiness, 76 first-graders, 73 second-graders, 77 third-graders, 68 fourth-graders, 87 fifth-graders and 81 sixth-graders.
 At Mountain View Middle School there are 144 New Boston students enrolled, with 78 seventh-graders and 66 eighth-graders.
New Boston also sends 288 students to Goffstown High School, including 88 ninth-graders, 70 10th-graders, 76 students in grade 11, and 54 in grade 12.
The report will help the New Boston School Board determine whether it will bring a warrant to voters in March 2015. The plan is to bond either a 10- or 20-year $1.25 million bond for a four-classroom addition with a handicapped-accessible bathroom, said Principal Jude Chauvette.
Bid proposals are due by 3 p.m. on Oct. 25 and must include detailed enrollment projections with six to eight years of history for grades K-12, and a projection for the next 10 years for grades K-12; an analysis of building permits, population and demographics; a review the census data and regional planning information; interviews with local officials; analysis of projected future use; a map with grade and school assignment data showing the residence of each student and the distances for each from their school.
The proposals must also be presented to the public and the board following the completion of the final report. For more information, visit goffstown.k12.nh.us/SAU19.

sclarke@newstote.com


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