If enrollment is going down, why do we need to expand the school?
After meeting with a demographer the Committee does not believe there will be a large decrease in Cooperative Middle School enrollment. The original school was built containing 10 pod areas despite there being 12 teams of students in an effort to decrease building costs. The student enrollment in October of 2016 was 30 students higher than the initial class of students in 1998. Thus there are still two teams that do not have a dedicated pod. The most important driver in needing additional space is the change in educational programming and required adult staff to meet the programming needs. Learn how programming has changed.
How much is the renovation & expansion going to cost me?
The projected budget for the CMS Expansion and Renovation is $17.8 million. This figure includes both hard and soft costs (construction and outfitting the new areas) as well as a contingency fund. The ERCSB hired Harvey Construction Corp. as the construction management firm, which has worked to put together detailed building plans and specifications using the draft CMS renewal architectural plans.
The below table shows the approximate tax impact in year one on a $400,000 home in the Exeter Region Cooperative School District.
The below table shows the approximate tax impact in year two to 20 on a $400,000 home in the Exeter Region Cooperative School District.
When would construction start?
The Bond Article to secure and appropriate the funds for the CMS Renewal Project will be put forth for a vote in March 2019. If the Bond Article passes, construction will begin in the summer of 2020. Construction will be carried out in phases to minimize impact on student learning.
What if the project goes over budget?
Prior to the Bond Article going in front of the voters there will be a 'not-to-exceed' cost for the project.
Who is on the CMS Renewal Building Committee?
The committee is comprised of volunteer representatives from all six communities, CMS teachers and administration as well as Cooperative School Board members. Find out more about the committee.
How was my town’s tax impact calculated?
Each town's tax impact is determined using a 3-step calculation. Please view this project document for an overview of this process.
Will my child be safe during construction?
Harvey Construction, the construction management firm the ERCSB hired, has extensive experience renovating and expanding schools. The firm has put together a phased project timeline that maximizes student safety. Many of the large construction efforts will be undertaken during summer months or school vacation periods.
How can I provide feedback?
The ERCSB is actively seeking input and feedback on the Renewal Project. You can contact them directly via email at [email protected].