Realtors admit that a good school system is good for business. There are always some that argue a new high school will increase the tax burden on all and its not worth the investment. In short, many families make decisions about where they want to live based on schools. Dover has fallen behind as far as facilities go at the high school level. One can look around the seacoast the past 15 years and notice many other towns have built new high schools or significantly remodeled their existing structures. Dover is the fastest growing town in New Hampshire (site Dover Chamber of Commerce) and its important that a new high school is addressed. The good news is the town is moving forward with plans that will impact the town’s educational system for years to come.
Below is courtesy of the Dover town offices:
“The School Board will hold a public hearing on construction options for the high school and Career Technical Center on Monday, July 20, 2015, at 7 p.m.
These options include new construction or renovation. The School Board special meeting on Monday will be held in School Board Chambers at the McConnell Center. The meeting agenda can be viewed here
The public hearing follows the Joint Building Committee’s recommendation to the School Board to pursue new construction. The JBC considered several construction options, including renovation and some new construction, but voted July 7, 2015, to support new construction as the most feasible option.
The JBC presented the details of this option to the School Board at its July 13, 2015 meeting. That meeting can be viewed here
. A second presentation was made to the City Council on July 15, 2015. That meeting can be viewed here
The July 20 public hearing will be followed by a School Board resolution on the project. If the School Board votes in favor of the resolution, it will be sent to the City Council for funding.
The Joint Building Committee will meet next on Tuesday, July 21.
More information about the high school and CTC building project, including the most recent cost estimates, can be found at the project’s online resource here