Making Efficiency Happen: What is Northeast CHPS?
The Northeast Collaborative for High Performance Schools (Northeast
CHPS) is a set of building and design standards for all schools from
pre-K through community colleges. It is based on California's pioneering
CHPS guide for the
building of energy efficient, environmentally friendly, healthy school
facilities. It has been tailored specifically for state code
requirements, the New England climate, and the environmental priorities
of the region.
Please see attached file for Bids received on Lebanon Middle School components.
What will the new 5-8 Middle School Provide?
Capacity for 600 students (+ of 50 over current enrollment)
100,000 sq feet on two floors with elevator
Gymnasium with bleachers and a stage
Family & Consumer Science rooms
Library and Media Center
Art, Instrumental and Chorus rooms
Three Athletic playing fields
Cafeteria with seating for 200 with a full kitchen
Bio-Mass Heating system
This new Middle School will also provide:
· Fewer transitions for students and increased academic opportunities
· Adequate space for Special Education
· Natural outdoor classroom space
· Curriculum and Programming advantages
· Opportunities for teachers to share best practices that ultimately stimulate and generate new idea’s for classroom instruction. (The State Department of Education is encouraging districts to adopt the middle school philosophy. NH now has 36 Middle Schools and only 9 Junior High Schools)
Conservation Commission Report ..."Following [these] meetings and site walks, the Conservation Commission gave full and unanimous approval in support of the school district land located on Route 4..." Read the attached press release from Jan 7 2010.
"The state of New Hampshire has struggled with its budget throughout the current difficult economic period, and state building aid has been a frequent target of budget cutters. State officials have been concerned about the amount of money dispensed in aid especially since this year’s aid is being covered by state bonds. They have also been concerned about the lack of decision-making the state has in awarding aid. A legislative committee has met throughout the fall to consider those problems and to plan for the likelihood of suspending aid.
Board members and administrators from Lebanon attended some of those committee hearings to explain Lebanon’s situation and needs. I believe that our arguments and those of officials from Claremont have been persuasive insofar as the committee ultimately recommended that state building aid be suspended after this year’s voting. It appears most probable that the full state legislature will approve the continuation of building aid for projects that are approved this year but that it will suspend aid for any further projects for at least several years. In other words, we can expect to receive about $8 million in state aid for our project if it is approved on March 9. It is likely, however, that no aid would be available for any new projects for at least some period of years. It is inconceivable that Lebanon could attempt to undertake a building project of approximately $25 million without state aid as would be the case for the next several years." - Dr. Michael Harris, Superintendent. State Building Aid Update is attached.
On January 6, 2010 the Lebanon School Board voted to place the proposed 5-8 Middle School on the district owned Route 4 property. This came after many months of exploration and discussion of 4 different building options. meeting were held with the community, the Lebanon School Board, District Administrators, and building professionals to examine advantages and disadvantages of each of the building options before the Route 4 site was chosen. Open the attached press release for more information.