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November 24, 2013

Major school renovations on Hampstead ballot

School officials seek $6.33 million in renovations


“Those are important renovations,” School Board member Ed Stewart said. “But the ones at Central School are critical.”

Earlier this year, the town paid Bread Loaf Corporation $284,750 to design the renovations. Chris Huston, a Hampstead native who attended both schools, was the lead architect.

Stewart said there were discussions to have the renovation projects presented as two separate warrant articles, but officials decided to combine them into one.

“If one is at a lower cost on the ballot, then voters would be more likely to go for that,” he said.

With voters approving a new $1.63 police station last year, Stewart hopes this will make these renovations more palatable.

“That was just a one and done project,” he said. “The way this would work is that they would finish paying off that one and then know they have another one coming.”

But Stewart knows it could be tough.

“No one believes it’s going to be an easy sell,” he said. “But that doesn’t mean it’s not the right thing to do.”

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