What does this building project entail?

This project involves renovating current spaces within the building and adding additional classroom space to the back of the building. This space is needed to accommodate current instructional practices and services, which have changed from what was required/offered when the building was initially constructed. Click here to learn more about the design…

 Why do we need this project?

Nottingham School needs more classrooms to accommodate its current enrollment. Currently the number of students enrolled at Nottingham School requires three classrooms per grade in order to keep class sizes manageable. This can not be achieved with the amount of classrooms available. The current 5th grade has been reduced to two classrooms and this approach is not sustainable with fluctuating class sizes over the long term.  The proposed design will also provide dedicated space for the new preschool program, which will be located in the teacher’s lounge next school year due to lacking available space.

This project addresses space issues including, but not limited to, Kindergarten classrooms not meeting state standards lacking bathrooms and adequate square footage, Health and Computer teachers with no classrooms and teaching from carts, a music room of inadequate size with no storage, and various storage areas having been repurposed for teaching spaces causing a serious lack of storage space as well as small and less than ideal spaces for instruction. Click here to learn more about the current deficiencies at the Nottingham School…

When will construction start/be complete?

If the project receives approval at the March 2022 Town Meeting, funding will be available for work to begin as early as July 2022. Understanding that the schedule is dependent on availability of materials and labor, we would like to use the first summer to focus on sitework in the back of the school to prepare for the new Kindergarten and preschool classrooms. The addition will be built during the school year and the bulk of the interior renovations will happen during the second summer (2023) in preparation for project completion in the Fall of 2023.

What safety measures will be in place during construction? Will the children be in the building when construction is happening?

Safety will be the highest priority for this project. All workers will undergo background screenings and will receive project-specific safety training. The construction manager will be onsite at all times supervising construction activity. The addition will be built while the school is occupied during the ’22-’23 school year. During this time, construction crews will be working on the addition and construction fencing will be used to keep students and workers separated on the site. Interior renovations will occur during the second summer or when students are not in school.

Have you considered portable/modular classrooms instead of a classroom addition?

Temporary portable/modular classrooms are short-term fixes. They are not built to last. Portables/modulars also require all of the same building code requirements that a permanent structure would have including foundations, fire alarm devices connected to the school fire alarm panel, new electrical, handicap accessibility, and bathrooms for kindergarten students.

The Nottingham school board issued a Request for Proposals in October 2021 to determine the projected costs of either temporary or semi-permanent (“pre-fabricated”) modular units.  Two bids were received for pre-fabricated modular units that would connect to the building and offer only four classrooms with less square footage.  These units required the same site work, utilities, and grounds work as a permanent structure and the estimates were not guaranteed maximum prices, with additional projected costs beyond the scope of the bids.  They also did not include any interior renovation to existing building spaces. 

These alternative options did not offer significant cost savings over the proposed building design, which has been studied and revised over the past three years.  Our plans call for the construction of six new classroom spaces: three new kindergarten classrooms, one preschool classroom, one world language/enrichment classroom, and a music room. Click here to learn more about the costs of the proposed Nottingham School Project…

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