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1 Litchfield School District Building Proposal New Elementary School

2 Agenda Welcome Litchfields educational construction history Building Committee Options considered Proposal explanation Current usage Site plan Floor plans Financial impact Status & Schedule Next steps Questions

3 Where we are now & how we got here

4 A lot of history 1930: GMS opens, 4 classrooms 1955: 4 classrooms added 1958: 2 classrooms added 1960: 4 classrooms added 1972: 9 classrooms, gym, offices 1978: 5 classrooms, library, cafeteria 1983: 3 classrooms 1984: Grades 1-8 = 643 students 1988: LMS opens - 300 student capacity 9 regular classrooms 2 science rooms 4 rooms (music, art, FACS, tech ed) 2 sped rooms

5 A little more history 1988: Enrollment 1-8: 729 students 1994: Elementary school building committee formed Enrollment 1-8: 853 students 1997: LMS addition Temporarily move 5 th graders to LMS Enrollment 1-8: 989 students 2000: CHS Opens 2002: Voters reject portables @ LMS 2003: LMS addition bond fails Portables arrive for 5 th grade classes Enrollment 1-8: 1130 students

6 Recent history 2004: School bond fails GMS repairs New smaller school 2005: School bond fails 1 large school 2006: School bond fails (smaller than 05) 1 large school 2006: School board re-vamps building committee No school board voting members 5 community members volunteer SAU & school board liaisons 2008: upcoming bond vote

7 Building Committee Members 2006-2007 Voting members (*) reside in Litchfield Tracy Caprioglio*, Chair Mike Boschi*, Vice-chair Karl Franck* Jack Scheiner* Shawn Egan* Cathy Hamblett – SAU Liaison Steve Martin – SAU Liaison Cindy Couture – School Board Liaison Bo Schlichter – GMS Liaison Dan Cecil – Architect All school board members are Litchfield residents

8 Building Committee Goals Develop a plan to: Address grade K-8 facility issuesAddress grade K-8 facility issues Examine all options and select the best option to serve the entire communityExamine all options and select the best option to serve the entire community Determine and select a durable, energy efficient solutionDetermine and select a durable, energy efficient solution Meet educational, health, & safety needs of the towns childrenMeet educational, health, & safety needs of the towns children Meet short-term (now-10 yrs.) & long-term (10+ years) educational needsMeet short-term (now-10 yrs.) & long-term (10+ years) educational needs Realize the best short-term & long-term investment of our tax dollarsRealize the best short-term & long-term investment of our tax dollars

9 Whats the problem? Theres a real need for: newer, modern educational spaces newer, modern educational spaces ADA & building code compliance ADA & building code compliance solving the water problem solving the water problem standards compliance standards compliance kindergarten space kindergarten space energy efficiency energy efficiency storage space storage space

10 What options were considered ? –Renovate GMS with an addition –The roof on GMS could not handle the weight of a second story addition –Restrictions on state building aid –Renovate GMS with a new small school –construction costs alone were higher than a one school option –Restrictions on state building aid –Replace GMS with a new larger school –Least expensive option –No questions on state building aid –One elementary school to maintain –No state building aid for GMS site new construction –Kindergarten space

11 Why not repair or renovate GMS? The Team Design 2003 Report was used by JCN Construction of Manchester, NH and Harriman and Associates as a basis for a comprehensive walkthrough of GMS.The Team Design 2003 Report was used by JCN Construction of Manchester, NH and Harriman and Associates as a basis for a comprehensive walkthrough of GMS. All facets of GMS were scrutinizedAll facets of GMS were scrutinized –Physical systems –Past construction methods and materials –ADA & building code compliance –Safety code compliance –NH educational standards compliance –Energy efficiency Team Design findings were verified, plus new problems discovered.Team Design findings were verified, plus new problems discovered.

12 Why not repair or renovate GMS? Both JCN Construction and Harriman and Associates estimates for repair were within 2% of each other.Both JCN Construction and Harriman and Associates estimates for repair were within 2% of each other. These were detailed estimates, not based solely on an average cost per square footThese were detailed estimates, not based solely on an average cost per square foot Estimates based on items that can be kept, items that can be repaired and items that must be replacedEstimates based on items that can be kept, items that can be repaired and items that must be replaced Kindergarten space?Kindergarten space?

13 So whats the repair list and associated costs? The list is extremely detailed and too large to list here (copies available)The list is extremely detailed and too large to list here (copies available) Major itemsMajor items –Stop ALL use of the 1930s building –New HVAC systems –New electrical and lighting –Central dehumidification (attempt to resolve humidity issue) –New windows and doors –ADA code compliance –New insulation above ceilings –Additional roof support (snow load bearing) –Septic system life unknown Total: $10.5 million to revitalize GMSTotal: $10.5 million to revitalize GMS

14 OK, $10+ million is still less than a new school Repairs would update the physical systems in the buildingRepairs would update the physical systems in the building Repairs do not address the educational shortcomings of the building (no movement of walls, etc )Repairs do not address the educational shortcomings of the building (no movement of walls, etc ) –Designed for 401 students –Special Ed student spaces not appropriate –1930s building usability ( 4 classrooms + storage lost) –Classroom square footage restrictions –Technology un-friendly –Lack of storage

15 Wouldnt it be $7 million, with state aid? State Department of Education unconvinced the water problems can be resolved completelyState Department of Education unconvinced the water problems can be resolved completely –State aid would be provided contingent upon solving the water issues at GMS –Central de-humidification is the only cost effective option –If the water issues are not solved, then state aid would cease Previously received state aid (30% of each years principal) for GMS would have to be repaid to the statePreviously received state aid (30% of each years principal) for GMS would have to be repaid to the state Taxpayers shoulder the entire costTaxpayers shoulder the entire cost

16 Cant we renovate GMS? Renovation has to meet State Department of Education specificationsRenovation has to meet State Department of Education specifications –Square footage per student Reduces the capacity of GMS even furtherReduces the capacity of GMS even further State Department of Education wont provide building aid for ANY NEW construction on the GMS siteState Department of Education wont provide building aid for ANY NEW construction on the GMS site Still have the water issue to solve for state aid availabilityStill have the water issue to solve for state aid availability Where to put the students while work progresses?Where to put the students while work progresses? –Cant do the work in phases Costs could approach new construction costsCosts could approach new construction costs Still requires additional new constructionStill requires additional new construction

17 Proposal Overview Use district owned land next to LMSUse district owned land next to LMS –Dry, excellent soils for construction –No land acquisition costs Classroom capacity for 705 students at openingClassroom capacity for 705 students at opening –625 students in grades 1-5 –80 ½ day kindergarten students Cafeteria and Library designs easily expanded to accommodate any future growthCafeteria and Library designs easily expanded to accommodate any future growth –Initial size reduced by educational spaces State Building AidState Building Aid –30% reimbursement for grade 1-5 areas –75% reimbursement for kindergarten areas Durable, modern and energy efficientDurable, modern and energy efficient Cost effective forCost effective for long & short term Provides breathing room given the current 10 year enrollment projections

18 Why a full size Gym? Community use!

19 More than educational use at GMS & LMS GMS building useGMS building use –Girl Scouts and Brownies 7 troops – 18 meetings per month –Cub Scouts 1 troop – 4 meetings a month1 troop – 4 meetings a month –Grade 3-4 Chorus 4 times per month4 times per month –CYO Basketball 2 times per month2 times per month –Recreation Basketball 5 nights per week5 nights per week –Adult Learning Center Before & after school care, 5 days a weekBefore & after school care, 5 days a week –S.E.R.V.E. New England Once per month, year roundOnce per month, year round –Litchfield Womens Club –Fire Department ham & bean supper –Lions Club yard sale

20 Usage is high at GMS & LMS LMS building useLMS building use –Girl Scouts 4 meetings per month –Boy Scouts 4 meetings a month4 meetings a month –Mens Basketball 4 times per month4 times per month –Recreation Basketball 6 nights per week6 nights per week All day SaturdayAll day Saturday –Community Groups Cafeteria & Classroom use weeklyCafeteria & Classroom use weekly –School Teams & Cheerleaders Gym, Cafeteria & ClassroomsGym, Cafeteria & Classrooms –Drama Club Cafeteria/Stage

21 Grounds usage GMS grounds useGMS grounds use –LMS sports teams –Litchfield youth baseball –Litchfield youth soccer –Babe Ruth baseball –Scarecrow Jamboree

22 How does it all fit at the LMS Site?

23 How many classrooms, and what layout?

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25 Classroom Projections – used for sizing

26 Classroom Projections + 10%

27 Project Financials

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29 Kindergarten Impact Construction : $1,141,800 Administrative: $ 252,990 Fees/Services: $ 116,000 Sub-total: $1,510,790 75% state aid: $1,133,093 District cost: $ 377,697 Impact Fees: $ 377,697 Net cost $ 0

30 Kindergarten Update Voting history Legislative review Litchfields plans Surrounding towns plans Options?

31 What about my taxes over 15 years? 15 year bond @ 5% $300,000 home: Year 1 = $132 Year 2 = $429 Year 2 is the highest tax impact Total taxes over 15 years: $6345 $400,000 home: Year 1 = $176 Year 2 = $572 Year 2 is the highest tax impact Total taxes over 15 years: $8460

32 What about my taxes over 20 years? 20 year bond @ 5% $300,000 home: Year 1 = $138 Year 2 = $366 Year 2 is the highest tax impact Total taxes over 20 years: $7068 $400,000 home: Year 1 = $184 Year 2 = $488 Year 2 is the highest tax impact Total taxes over 20 years: $9424

33 Dollars and Sense

34 Putting it into perspective.. $1.80/day For coffee $1.57/day $1.70/day For cable TV $2.15/day Movies -1/month

35 Status and Schedule Building Committee approval – Sept 07Building Committee approval – Sept 07 School Board approval - December 19thSchool Board approval - December 19th Budget Committee approval - Jan 3 rdBudget Committee approval - Jan 3 rd Bond hearing - January 11thBond hearing - January 11th Informational session - Jan 16 thInformational session - Jan 16 th Informational sessions - TBDInformational sessions - TBD School Deliberative session Feb 9 th @ 2PMSchool Deliberative session Feb 9 th @ 2PM Information Session - TBDInformation Session - TBD Voting – March 11 th 7A-7P @ CHSVoting – March 11 th 7A-7P @ CHS

36 Next Steps Get community members involved!Get community members involved! –Public forums –GMS Behind the Scenes Tours –Host a neighborhood/group meeting –Send postcards –Adopt a sign –Flyer distribution –Voting day support –Letters to the editor HLNHLN Nashua TelegraphNashua Telegraph Manchester Union LeaderManchester Union Leader –Provide your email address Forward communications to friendsForward communications to friends Upcoming eventsUpcoming events

37 Unanswered questions What will happen to GMS ?What will happen to GMS ? –Need community input Public forumsPublic forums QuestionnairesQuestionnaires SurveysSurveys –Stay sensitive to town master plan and zoning –Obtain an updated appraisal –Best use might be residential housing Sports fields?Sports fields? –Remain in use during construction –School board is sensitive to usage We have 2 years to determine the best solution

38 Current Litchfield Class Sizes

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40 Pre-registration & Actual Enrollments January pre-registrations (to date): 89 2008 Enrollment Projection: 95 2008 Enrollment Projection + 10%: 105


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