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Lebanon board votes to present school proposals to voters

By MEGHAN PIERCE
Union Leader Correspondent

November 12. 2017 9:17PM


LEBANON — The Lebanon School Board voted Wednesday to present proposed renovations to three schools in the district to voters at the annual school meeting in March

The vote to approve nearly $30 million in renovations was approved by the school board in a 5-3 vote, said Chairman Jeff Peavey. He added one board member abstained.

Peavey said the proposed renovations include creating safer building entrances to Lebanon High School, the Hanover Street Elementary School and Mount Lebanon Elementary School.

In this day and age school entrances don’t just need to be handicapped accessible, but they also need to be built with safety and security features, Peavey said.

Parking lot work to create safer traffic patterns at each of the schools is also proposed, he said.

Together the projects total more than $28 million, Peavey said, which would include the construction of a $10 million auditorium at Lebanon High School.

Peavey added that because Hanover Street School has to share a cafeteria with high school students, they often don’t eat lunch until 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.

“Hanover Street, which is next to the high school, is bursting at its seams. They don’t have any extra space, and enrollment has increased quite a bit over the past few years and continues to go up,” he said. “Hanover Street has not had, other than a gym added in there in the mid-90s, nothing has been done to the building since the 50s.”

Lebanon High School is also a 1950s building and Mount Lebanon has not had work done since the 1960s, he said.

“You can imagine having high school drivers driving into where elementary school students are being dropped off can be challenging sometimes,” Peavey said.

The vote would take place at the annual school meeting in March and would require a 60 percent majority vote to approve the bond to fund the project, he said.

mpierce@newstote.com


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