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Mar 26, 2015 4:22 PM

Big price tag would come with new Dover High School


DOVER - Cracked floors, water-damaged ceilings and corroded fire sprinklers are just a small few of the dozens of aging issues impacting Dover High School, says Principal Peter Driscoll.

"We have a wide variety of issues that just are due to old age," Driscoll said. "We have mechanical issues, ventilation issues - ADA issues that really need to be addressed to make the school compliant in the twenty-first century."

The high school was built in 1966, and several additions have been added since. But a majority of the building is suffering, says Dover Deputy Mayor Robert Carrier of the Joint Building Committee.

Carrier says the committee has been working hard, often meeting for hours at a time, to come up with various plans to develop a new high school.

The question: should it be rebuilt or remodeled?

"They want to keep sustainability. They don't want to layoff teachers that they've just hired," Carrier said. "So within those parameters, you can't just add on $60 million dollars. So we're looking at other ways and revenue sources to lower the tax burden on the taxpayers for a renovation or a new high school for the amount of money that we're going to have to borrow."

Carrier said they're doing everything they can to cut down taxpayer expense, but knows that there will likely be hundreds of dollars in tax increases to pay for the school.

The Joint Building Committee will hold a public session tonight, inviting the public to offer feedback and thoughts on their current plans.


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