VOICES FOR PELHAM EDUCATION
Why can't the current high school just be renovated?
This option was reviewed, and in June 2005, the School Board, NH Dept. of Environmental Services, EPA, US Army Corp of Engineers & Gore Environment concluded that adding on to the current high school was NOT a viable option. Over the long term, a fourth school would still be needed to accommodate growth.
Currently, the three schools in Pelham are functioning near or above capacity and the town projected growth rate is approximately 20% through all grades within the next ten years. The population growth creates a need to expand the school system.
Doing nothing is not an option at this point. Waiting to address this project only postpones the inevitable. Today the school system is over capacity by about 200 students. Other considerations:
>An addition would not solve the long-term problem of overcrowding at all three schools
>Risking accreditation of the high school.
>Facing the ongoing cost of trailers to house more and more students.
later (beyond a 2008 plan) would mean a 6% increase per year,
which translates into a $3.1 million per year increase in
>Land in Pelham is at a premium. The land identified for the project will likely be sold for residential development (more houses, more children in the schools) if the land is not voted in on March 11, 2008.
Info taken from Marinace Presentation at bond hearing 1/15/08
From William Hayes (www.pelhammessageboard.com):
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