The Exeter Regional Cooperative School Board (ERCSB) recognized that it had to review the changing educational needs of CMS students and how well they align with our facility. The Cooperative Middle School Renewal project was initiated to:
- Gain an in-depth understanding of the ability of the current building to meet our children’s needs.
- Develop and evaluate a range of solutions to fulfill unmet needs.
- Present a detailed plan to solve any identified shortcomings to the ERCSB.
Due to changes in programming and staffing since opening in 1998, CMS has become overcrowded. Student programming is now impacted by physical space limitations. The overarching goal of the project is, therefore, to align changes in programming with the CMS building in a fiscally responsible manner while increasing student safety, and strengthening our students’ educational experiences.
The Building Committee evaluated the findings of the needs assessment, changes in programming, facility usage, and Rockingham County demographics. The single largest need the Committee identified was additional space to address the changes in programming. CMS administrators have developed a variety of creative solutions to fulfill changing needs over the last 5 years. Space, however, is no longer being used as intended. Non-instructional space is being used as instructional space, and curriculum decisions are being influenced by building space.
View our project goals and our proposed solutions.