FB - Maintenance Plan

Image of a hiker climbing a hill planting a flag. Derry Cooperative School District Forward BoundOverview

The closure of two aging facilities in the school district has brought attention to the pressing needs of the remaining five schools, whose maintenance concerns have long been postponed. To address these issues, a comprehensive three-phase plan spanning over the next five years has been devised. The first phase will focus on urgent repairs and essential upgrades, ensuring that the existing structures are safer and conducive to learning. This includes addressing issues such as leaky roofs, deteriorating casework, outdated heating systems, and faulty electrical wiring. In the second phase, efforts will be directed towards less pressing but still important needs. The final phase aims to improve the aesthetic appeal of the schools, making them inviting spaces that inspire both students and educators alike. This meticulous plan not only acknowledges the immediate maintenance requirements but also underscores the district's commitment to providing a high-quality and conducive learning environment for all students in the years to come.

Restructuring and New School Questions and Answers

Warrant Article #2

02. Shall the Derry Cooperative School District vote to raise and appropriate the sum of THIRTY SIX MILLION EIGHT HUNDRED SIXTY EIGHT THOUSAND FOUR HUNDRED FORTY DOLLARS ($36,868,440) for the purpose of financing school facility capital maintenance improvements; THIRTY SIX MILLION EIGHT HUNDRED SIXTY EIGHT THOUSAND FOUR HUNDRED FORTY DOLLARS ($36,868,440) to be raised through the issuance of bonds or notes under and in compliance with the Municipal Finance Act, RSA 33:1 et seq., as amended, with such bonds to be issued in phases over multiple years in amounts to be determined by the School Board which amounts shall not in the aggregate exceed $36,868,440; and to authorize the School Board to issue, negotiate, sell and deliver said bonds and notes and to determine the rate of interest thereon and the maturity and other terms thereof; and to authorize the School Board to apply for, accept, and expend federal, state or other aid, if any, which may be available for said project and to comply with all laws applicable to said project; and to authorize the School Board to take any other action or to pass any other vote relative thereto; and to further raise and appropriate the additional sum of THREE HUNDRED SIXTY FIVE THOUSAND SEVEN HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS ($365,750) for the first year’s payment on the first year bond. 3/5 ballot vote required. (Recommended by the Derry School Board)

The following information is based on the current valuation and interest rates and only serves to show an example of the tax impact associated with this bond issue.

Estimated Tax Impact 15 Year Bond 3.09% Interest

Proposed Plan:

Facility Priority Summary Report-Updated 1/30/2024

Construction History:

East Derry Memorial Elementary School: East Derry Memorial School was constructed in 1986. The 58,000 square foot facility sits on 20 acres of land. Recent upgrades include:

  1. Nearly all HVAC equipment and both boilers were replaced during the Honeywell project.
  2. The building has been converted from well water to public water.
  3. Carpet is being replaced with VCT in classrooms as needed.

West Running Brook Middle School: West Running Brook was constructed in 1994. The 110,000 square foot facility sits on 40 acres of land.

Recent upgrades include:

  1. The parking lot pavement was recently replaced.
  2. Interior and exterior door replacements have been ongoing.
  3. Carpet is being replaced as needed.

Gilbert H. Hood Middle School: Gilbert H. Hood Middle School was constructed in three phases. The initial phase was completed in 1950. Major renovations and additions were completed in the early 1970s and the earlly 2000s. The nearly 170,000 square foot facility sits on 22 acres of land. This building also houses the Derry Early Education Program (DEEP) as well as Next Charter School.

Recent upgrades include:

  1. Both boilers were replaced during the Honeywell project.
  2. A sidewalk was added to the bus lane along the southwest side of the building.
  3. Carpet is being replaced with VCT in classrooms as needed.

Grinnell Elementary School: Grinnell Elementary School was constructed in three phases. The initial phase was completed in 1950. Additions were made to the building in 1986 and 2008. The 70,000 square foot facility sits on 6 acres of land. Recent upgrades include:

  1. Both boilers were replaced during the Honeywell project.
  2. The buildng received a new water main.
  3. Carpet is being replaced with VCT in classrooms as needed.
  4. The main entrance was reconstructed.
  5. Windows and seams were sealed.

Ernest P. Barka Elementary School: Ernest P. Barka Elementary School was constructed in 2004. The 90,000 square foot facility sits on 17 acres of land. Recent upgrades include:

  1. Domestic water booster pumps were replaced with modern units.
  2. Carpet is being replaced with VCT in classrooms as needed.

Reports:

Lavallee Brensinger

The Derry Cooperative School District selected Laallee Brensinger Architects and its team of consultant; VHB Civil Engineering, Foley Buhl Roberts & Associates Sturctural Engineering, CSI Engineers, MEP/FP Engineering Consulting, and New Vista Design Educational Planning and Visioning to conduct an existing condistions assessment of seen district school buildings and two non-educational builidngs used by the district. The project consists of two parts, including:

Part 1-Facilities Assessment: Provide an evaluation of the nine existing facilities including seven school buildings, and two non-educatioal buildings.

Part 2 -Long-Range Facility Plan: Using the Facility Assessment, develop a long-range plan to address facility shortcomings, and help inform the District how its facilites will support the District's educational vision in the next decade. This plan will identify long and short-term actions to help the District prioritze items that are most pressing, as well as items that should be addressed in the future.

Honeywell:

The district entered into an agreement with Honeywell in order to provide more efficiency to the heating, cooling, and overall air handling efforts of the district. Their services have saved the district millions of dollars in energy costs and their recommendations are valued for providing the most efficient resources for the district.

Gale Associates:

Gale Associates was hired to perform evaluations on the exterior walls of Derry Village Elementary School, South Range Elementary, and West Running Brook Middle School.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Why isn't South Range Elementary included in the maintenance plan?

Since the plan is to replace South Range Elementary in two years, regular maintenance will continue through the operating budget. The proposed plan refers to long-term maintenance improvements.

Update: South Range Elementary was added back into the plan in December 2023.

Will students be displaced during these maintenance activities?

Every effort will be made to reduce the interference to the instructional environment at each building with most work being done during the summer and other non-instructional periods.