In 2012, the School Board formed a committee to assess how Dover High School and the Regional Career Technical Center can better meet the demands of 21st-century education. The high school was built in 1967, followed by the CTC in 1989. Both facilities were able to meet the needs of Dover’s students at the time of their construction, but are now woefully under equipped for today’s students and educators.
To help identify the best approach to reach this goal, the Visioning Committee formed by the School Board sought input from a wide variety of community groups, residents, students and staff. Based on feedback from these discussions and sessions, it was determined a new facility should be constructed or updated to modern standards that improve student achievement and provide the highest-quality education for students and staff.
In 2014, a Joint Building Committee (JBC) was formed to help guide the project. In October 2014, the JBC selected HMFH, Architects, Inc. to conduct a needs assessment, site selection and design services for the project. In May 2015, the JBC selected PC Construction to provide Construction Management Services.
The Joint Building Committee will meet next on Tuesday, June 7th, 2016 at 5:30pm at the Gourmet Table at the high school. There will also be a Community Information Session held that evening at 7pm, also at the high school.
The School Board approved the current plans and specifications completing the Design Development phase at a special session on Monday, March 21. The design documents can be accessed here, under meeting minutes.
HMFH will now proceed with the Construction Document phase.
The Joint Building Committee has released a series of new, consolidated and detailed documents that provide an overview of the process that led to the committee's building option selection, as well as hundreds of pages of supporting documentation.
The documents can be accessed below:
The Joint Building Committee presented their recommendation to replace the high school and career technical center to the School Board on Monday, July 13, 2015 and to the City Council on Wednesday, July 15, 2015.
On Monday, July 20, 2015 the School Board voted 5-1 to approve the recommendation of the JBC to rebuild, as well as the new site, the conceptual plans and to request funding from the City Council.
The City Council held a public hearing regarding the funding request on Wednesday, August 12, 2015. The City Council approved the funding plan at its regular meeting on Wednesday, August 26, 2015.
More information about the cost analysis for all three options is available here.
The Dover High School and Regional Career Technical Center (CTC) currently employs approximately 192 teachers (both full and part time) with a student population of around 1,300.
The current facility, located on 44 acres which include parking lots and athletic fields, is approximately 222,000 square feet, 27,000 of which are dedicated to the CTC. The exact budget and timetable for construction has not been determined; however, the state of New Hampshire has recently committed $13.5 million in capital operating funds for the CTC portion of the project, which will be approximately $18 million of the total budget.
The Joint Building Committee (JBC) is comprised of six voting members (two City Councilors, two School Board members and two community members) and several advisors (superintendent, business administrator, Dover High School principal, Career Technical Center director, facilities director, City planning director and the architects). The JBC’s purpose is to steward the district through a feasibility study, design phase and construction phase.
To view JBC meeting minutes and agendas, click here.
Each month, the Joint Building Committee submits a monthly status report to the City Council and School Board. The status reports can be accessed below. The regular financial summaries presented to the JBC can be accessed on the Financials page here or by clicking on the section name to the left.
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