Seacoast School Building Projects Will Get Another Chance with Voters This Month

Mar 3, 2017

Two major school construction projects on the Seacoast will go before voters this month. Similar proposals for both projects have been defeated in the past.

School districts looking to build or renovate have been in a tight spot ever since the state’s school building aid program was put on hold almost a decade ago.

Case in point: the Hampton and Newmarket school districts.

Officials with both districts say the renovations are long overdue and that taxpayer money is being wasted caring for out-of-date school buildings.

But without help from the state, the sticker price for the projects was too high for voters the last time similar projects were on the ballot.

The proposed renovation of Hampton Academy would cost almost 26 million dollars -- the largest project in the town’s history. In Newmarket, renovations of both the elementary and high school would cost 39 million dollars.

Residents in both towns will vote on March 14th.