JFES Classroom Addition Construction to Begin in October 2017


Groundbreaking Ceremonies Thursday, October 5 at 5:30 PM - Public Invited

September 26, 2017—Stoddard, NH—James Faulkner Elementary School in Stoddard, will begin construction of a 1,240 square foot classroom space in October. The public is invited to the Groundbreaking Ceremonies on Thursday, October 5 at 5:30 PM. Refreshments will be served in the Community Room afterward. The regular Stoddard School District Board Meeting will be held at 6:15 PM that evening.

James Faulkner Elementary School, which is part of SAU 24, has seen a population increase of 49% from 2011 to 2016. Some of the overcrowding was alleviated in 2013-14 school year when the school added a modular building. However, the school’s Community Room, which serves as the school gym and cafeteria, has been divided to accommodate a K/1 classroom space as well.

“We’ve made the classroom space in the Community Room work using portable panel walls, but it is no means ideal,” said Teaching Principal Martha LeMahieu. “The new classroom addition will give the school full use of the Community Room for what it was intended—a school gymnasium, cafeteria, and Town of Stoddard Community Room.”

MacMillin, a DEW Construction Affiliate in Keene, was the low bidder for the project, coming in at $399,500. The total project cost is $493,000. At the Stoddard School District Annual Meeting last March, voters approved $172,000 to be raised from taxation with the $321,000 remaining to come from the Stoddard School Build, Design, Expansion, Renovation, and Construction Expendable Trust that was established in 2007. Harriman of Manchester is the architect.

The new classroom addition is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.

Stoddard School Board Members are Chair Alfrieda Englund, Vice Chair Lisa Davenport, and Cynthia Lake. Members of the James Faulkner Elementary School Building Committee are: Lisa Davenport, Tina Minard, Dian Mathews, Leigh Fosberry, Charlie Fosberry, Christine Miller and Jason Kovarik.

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