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July 3, 2013

Renovations underway in N.H. schools

With classrooms empty, maintenance and renovations are underway


“We are completely redoing the entryway at Golden Brook School for security reasons,” business administrator Adam Steel said. “Sandy Hook motivated us to get that done quicker than we had originally planned.”

Steel said the way the building was designed, there would have to be a staff member watching the door at all times. Steel said extra security cameras were being installed at schools around the district.

In Salem, three schools will see major renovations.

Fisk, Soule, and Haigh schools will see $16.2 million in renovations starting this summer. None of the schools have had a significant renovation done in more than 50 years.

At Fisk and Soule schools, the repairs include creating kindergarten classrooms, installing fire safety sprinkler systems, upgrading the heating and ventilation systems, and removing asbestos. Those repairs will cost $15.8 million.

The other $369,000 will go toward roof, ceiling, security and fire alarm improvements at Haigh School.

In Hampstead, both schools will undergo some significant changes. Hampstead Central will have a portion of the pitched roof replaced. Hampstead Middle School’s exterior will be painted and a new water treatment system installed. The total cost of projects at the two schools will be about $160,000.

“Our budget was less than what it typically is,” facilities director Michael Hall said. “We have a long list of things that need to be done, it would be good to have money to do them all. But I’m doing the best that I can.”

School officials said projects are spread out throughout the summer to plan around activities going on at the school.

“We know we have just seven or eight weeks to get these things done,” Hughes said of Timberlane’s projects. “So, we have to just schedule things accordingly.”

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