Elementary School Issues
Click for a floor plan that outlines some of the key issues at the Newmarket Elementary School
Small Kitchen and Cafeteria
- We currently have to run 6 lunch periods a day, starting at 10:45am and ending at 1:15pm.
- No sound separation from Cafeteria to Music Room
- A larger space would allow us to serve two grade levels at a time and possibly provide a longer lunch period to students.
Current Gymnasium is Too Small
- The size of the gym limits the types of lessons the teachers can provide for the children.
- A larger space will allow for better range of programs, serve as a whole school assembly space and provide a better facility for town use.
- The gym space is too small for children to run during physical education and does not meet state minimum standards for an elementary gymnasium.
Portables Create Unwanted Division
- Currently there are 4 classrooms housed in the portables along with rooms for special education instruction.
- Not enough classroom space overall
- The students must come into the building for their unified arts classes and lunch.
- This also is a concern in terms of safety, as these classrooms are not as secure as those found in the main building.
Limited Space for Special Education
- Insufficient space for special education; intstruction often given in cafeteria
There is Only One Pre-K Classroom
- We are seeing an increasing need to provide early intervention services to our preschool population.
- Current classroom does not provide adequate space to provide these services that often require specialized equipment.
Outdated Main Entrance with Limited Security
- The current main entrance does not provide a lobby that allows the staff to screen all visitors prior to entering the main building.
- Increased security needed at entrances
Cramped Administrative Support Areas
- Nurse’s Office
- Too small for the given student population.
- She is unable to assess student well-being in a private setting and only has room for one cot for a child to rest.
- Front Office
- The Assistant Principal does not have an office of her own, limiting privacy.
- Insufficient waiting area for parents/guests.
- We need a student intervention room located in the main office.
Separate Parent and Bus Drop-Offs
- Currently both parent and bus drop off & pick up occurs in the front of the building. This configuration creates highly congested traffic pattern and poor sight lines for student supervision.
Proximity of Playground to School is a Safety Concern
- The current configuration requires children to cross over the access road that wraps around the school.
- Staff and visitors need to park along the outer edge of the parking lot and roadway.
Old, Inefficient HVAC Systems
- These are the original systems that were installed when the building opened. They’re highly inefficient and are subject to unexpected shut downs.
Not Fully-ADA Compliant
- Staff bathroom and main entrance are not ADA compliant.
Current School Does Not Meet Minimum State Kindergarten Requirements
- One kindergarten classroom does not meet the meet minimum State requirements for square footage.
Break Room, Copy Room, Coat Rooms Would Be Added
- Equipment and furniture presently in mezzanine must be removed according to code.
- Some specialized equipment is stored in the hallway.
English Language Learners Program
- Current space has serves as office space for three ESOL providers and a small instructional space.
- Providers must find space within the building for instruction.
Occupational and Physical Therapy Space
- Current room is undersized.
- Most of these services use equipment like standards, large mats and therapy tables all of which take up much of the classroom space.
- Many of these interventions currently take place in the hallway.
Reading/Title 1 Space
- We have 3 rooms with two instructors in each. This includes the instructor’s desk and small teaching space.
- These services often take place in the cafeteria, when available.