TOP 10 REASONS TO VOTE YES # 10 – Every Lakes Region School but Franklin and Belmont have an auditorium - Bow High School – capacity of 600 - Derryfield High School – capacity of 400 - Gilford High School – capacity of 750 - Interlakes High School – capacity of 450 - Laconia High School – capacity of 430 - Merrimack Valley High School – capacity of 425 - Moultonboro High School – capacity of 550 - Newfound High School – capacity of 550 - Prospect Mountain – capacity of 650 - Winnisquam High School – capacity of 350
TOP 10 REASONS TO VOTE YES # 9 – Belmont High School has a capacity of 500 students. We now have 445 and expect 485 next year. This construction will free up 3 classrooms in the High School 1.Existing Band/Music room becomes 2 Special Education Classrooms 2.Existing Art Room becomes a Mathematics Classroom 3.Existing Special Education Classroom becomes English Classroom 4.Frees Alcove in Cafeteria for larger lunch numbers or for future classroom space Eliminates the need for portable classrooms in two years The classrooms are presently used at 90 – 100% capacity Existing Band Room and Practice Room are too small and provide inadequate storage.
TOP 10 REASONS TO VOTE YES # 8 – We need this now We already have groups using the hallways for practices (i.e. Jazz Band, Chorus and Drama) The Lakes Region is one of the fastest growing regions in New Hampshire, with Belmont and Canterbury particularly desirable communities Many new housing starts approved in Belmont and Canterbury with considerable impact on space needs The reputation of the schools and staff in the district is a drawing card for prospective residents
TOP 10 REASONS TO VOTE YES # 7 – Our Music Program is a shining light in the District and deserves an adequate venue in which to perform Over 25% of our student population participates in the Music Program Residents have complained for years about the bleacher seating and heat at concerts A gymnasium is not acoustically designed as a performance venue for concerts
TOP 10 REASONS TO VOTE YES # 6 – The auditorium will provide a venue for our performing groups, from the elementary and middle schools as well.
TOP 10 REASONS TO VOTE YES # 5 – We will be able to expand our offering in the Dramatic Arts We have had to turn people away from performances in the past 25% of our students participate in Drama Alcove in the Cafeteria is woefully inadequate for any big production and residents have complained about viewing and hearing performances Alcove in the Cafeteria may be needed for larger lunch numbers or as future classroom space
TOP 10 REASONS TO VOTE YES # 4 – We will be able to rent out the facility for events. Dance and Music Recitals Summer Theatre Revenue received will help defray operating costs
TOP 10 REASONS TO VOTE YES # 3 – Presently we have very low debt. Retired the Elementary Bond last year High School Bond has only 7 years remaining before that is retired
TOP 10 REASONS TO VOTE YES # 2 – This building serves the entire communities of Belmont and Canterbury, not just the school district. Currently no facility of this kind in either community More conducive site for town and school district meetings Allows space for cultural events for our communities
TOP 10 REASONS TO VOTE YES # 1 – The State will pay 48% of the principal – that’s almost ½ off! The Alternate Building Aid Formula is based on the average of the Equalized Valuation per pupil and the Median Family Income of the communities In all likelihood, Shaker Regional School District will never again receive this much State Building Aid
WHAT DO WE GET? 23,200 square foot addition 800 Seat Auditorium Band Room (2,000 sq. ft.) Band Storage (300 sq. ft.) 2 Practice Rooms (100 sq. ft. each) Chorus Classroom (900 sq. ft.) Art Room (1,200 sq. ft.) with Storage 3 – 4 classrooms made available in the existing High School 30’ x 78’ Stage (2,430 sq. ft)
COST OF THE PROJECT Sitework, Utilities & Drainage 370,000 General Construction 4,062,000 Equipment (includes auditorium system & seats) 350,000 Administrative Costs 574,000 Contingency268,000 TOTAL:$5,624,000
WHAT IS THE TAX IMPACT? Annual Tax Impact Based on 2005 Town Valuations, 2006-2007 School District Apportionment and 100% Valuation (This is the tax impact not tax rate per $1,000) Year 1: Belmont Canterbury $100,000 Home: $24.00 $30.00 $200,000 Home: $48.00 $60.00 $300,000 Home: $72.00 $90.00 Year 2: $100,000 Home: $70.00 $90.00 $200,000 Home: $140.00 $180.00 $300,000 Home: $210.00 $270.00 Year 3: $100,000 Home: $68.00 $86.00 $200,000 Home: $136.00 $172.00 $300,000 Home: $204.00 $258.00
REMEMBER TO VOTE Friday, March 10, 2006 Annual District Meeting Belmont Middle School 7:00 pm