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One of the seventeen schools approved this week was a new school for Concord, NH. Community members will meet Wednesday at the Concord Greenspace Coalition for a workshop on education funding.

CONCORD, NH — The State Board of Education has approved 17 school building aid applications for consideration in its budgeting process during the coming fiscal years 2024 and 2025. The 17 schools are a combination of new construction, renovations, and additions.

Rundlett Middle School’s $176.2 million new project came at fourth place among other projects – including a new, consolidated elementary school in Rochester (costing $20.2M); an elementary school addition in Colebrook ($9.9M); and consolidation, additions, and renovations to multiple elementary schools in the Monadnock Regional School District (costing $19.4M).

Why this Rundlett Middle School Project is so important for Concord?

Since its construction in 1957, the current school has outlived its useful service life. This includes repairs such as new HVAC, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection systems.

Also, replacing the old roof; replacing all windows; upgrading any steel structures; making necessary ADA compliance upgrades; while also making sure that it is up to current building codes.

All these repairs combined will cost the district millions of dollars without giving it anything extra in return – no added educational value or additional square footage.

It is important to invest in this project to continue to have great schools for the children of Concord. Now that the project has been approved, we can celebrate.

The Concord School District SAU 8 requested building aid of $70.5 million. Around $49 million “could be available” during the next two years, Kimberly Houghton, a spokeswoman for the department, said.

We look forward to seeing this project come to life in the coming years.

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