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Salem School Renovation Projects: Phase II

Elementary Facilities Renovation Project

The Salem School District Facility Renovation Project, Phase II, successfully earned voter support on the March, 2012 school district ballot. This phase of the school district’s facilities master plan will address substantial additions and renovations to Fisk and Soule Schools and modest safety and security improvements at Haigh School.

Current Status: Phase II Project

Phase II is Complete!

The Soule School and Fisk School comprehensive projects are complete. Successful open houses were held in September, and visitors got to see the significant changes to each school. New multi-purpose rooms and additional classrooms have been added, and both schools have new libraries and several instruction spaces for small groups of students. There is increased security at each entrance, and the reception spaces at each school’s main office area are much improved. Now, each school has comfortable meeting space; renovated cafeteria space, appropriate instructional areas for very specific special needs programs, and after-hours access to limit foot traffic to public spaces only. The schools’ parking areas and circulation patterns have been modified to enhance student safety and to separate car and bus traffic.

At Haigh School a new entrance has enhanced security and added fire suppression has improved student and staff safety. We were able to provide a conference room for comfortable meeting space, and replace all ceiling panels and light fixtures. The school didn’t undergo a comprehensive renovation, but the enhancements, including a new roof, provide a better, and safer, student learning environment.

We’ve added technology at all three schools that provide teachers with added options for instruction and students with more options for understanding content. The interactive projectors that were installed in all classrooms take advantage of wired and wireless applications that augment all academic content areas.

We’re pleased to have worked with incredible partners throughout this project. Our architects, Ron Lamarre and Steve Laput of Lavallee Brensinger Architects; our Owner’s Project Manager, Marc Lehoullier of Trident Project Advantage Group; and Keith McBey and Jim Kimball of Bonnett, Page and Stone were all outstanding to work with. They helped to ensure that our project was completed on time and under budget.

We’re grateful to the community for supporting the Phase II school renovations, and we’re hopeful that we have schools of which everyone can be justifiably proud.

SSD Facility Renovation Project: Phase II

The Salem School District Facility Renovation Project, Phase II, successfully earned voter support on the March, 2012 school district ballot. This phase of the school district’s facilities master plan will address substantial additions and renovations to Fisk and Soule Schools and modest safety and security improvements at Haigh School.

The School Board, the school administration, and the architectural firm of Lavallee Brensinger worked with a community facilities committee to investigate and recommend a renovation plan for these schools. Bonnette Page and Stone is the Construction Manager on the project. Trident Project Advantage Group will serve as the district’s Owner’s Project Manager.

These facilities lack space to accommodate kindergarten programs as well as programs introduced within the past generation. The electrical, mechanical, and plumbing systems all need upgrades as do all the interior finishes. A facilities audit completed in 2005 identified renovation needs totaling ten million dollars. In 2008 the Board charged the Superintendent with developing a facilities master plan to address our aging schools’ needs. This plan was completed earlier in the 2009-2010 school year and considers renovation and expansion needs that will address sub-standard instructional spaces, poor storage, failing systems, inadequate security, and low building code compliance in all schools.

The Facilities Master Plan includes all Salem Schools. Three elementary schools – Barron, Lancaster, and North Salem – were addressed in Phase I because they required extensive work and were the most expensive to renovate and expand. The district eliminated six temporary classroom structures at those three schools and will eliminate three more with the Phase II project. With a moratorium on state construction aid, and because construction costs and interest rates are the lowest in years, this Phase II project is as fiscally conservative and responsible a decision to as was the decision to support renovations to the Phase I schools. Elementary schools were the first to target first because of the imperative to remove as many temporary classrooms as possible and provide appropriate classroom space for our kindergarten programs.

Floor abatement at Fisk and Soule Schools is complete. Construction will begin in September and will continue through August, 2014. Project updates will be available through this website, community news outlets, and district electronic mailings.

Project Photos

Soule School
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A new canopy over the main entrance.


Fisk School
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Creative, fun details at Fisk...

School Contacts

FOR PARENTS:

If you have any questions, please contact the school principals:

 
Fisk Elementary School
Principal: George Murray
E-mail: gmurray@sau57.org
(603) 893-7051

Haigh Elementary School
Principal: Christine Honey-Nadeau
E-mail: choney-nadeau@sau57.org
(603) 893-7064

Soule Elementary School
Principal: Anna Parrill
E-mail: aparrill@sau57.org
(603) 893-7053

FOR OTHER COMMUNITY MEMBERS:

If you have any questions, please contact the superintendent's office at (603) 893-7040.