Hampstead board seeks $6.2m for construction
A warrant article to be decided by voters in March seeks a 10-year-bond to fund the first phase of renovations and construction at the two schools.
The $6,180,520 project designed by Vermont-based Bread Loaf Corp. will involve the construction of six new classrooms at Hampstead Central School along with other renovations.
Voters will also be asked to raise $133,911 to cover the interest on the first year's bond payment.
"I have a feeling the taxpayers are going to find this a little unpalatable," he said.
The additional classrooms at Hampstead Central School would replace three portable classrooms at the school and address other existing classrooms that no longer meet state standards in terms of size.
The portables have no bathrooms, he said.
The school board is eyeing more phases for renovations in the future, but the extent of that work and the cost isn't known yet, said Natalie Gallo, school board chairman.
"There is, down the line, a long-term plan for renovation at both schools," she said.
She said the facilities committee that worked on the project suggested doing the work in phases to make it "more realistic and financially palatable."
"You might get to the point where phases one, two and three are more expensive than demolition," he said.
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