HBHS is one step closer to STEM, turf

HOLLIS – The Hollis Brookline Cooperative School Board has voted to accept the high school facilities committee recommendations to move forward with warrant articles to renovate existing space on the property to accommodate a new robotics lab and new turf field.

The COOP annual meeting will be March 15.

The first warrant article addresses the transformation of the current weight room into a STEM center/classroom on the first floor, and a state of the art weight room on the proposed second floor addition.

“This exciting renovation will help bring our 20-year-old high school forward and provide STEM education to students that are now learning STEM curriculum in K-6 grades,” school officials said in a press release.

The second warrant article will recommend another multipurpose athletic turf field to be located behind the current softball field and back student parking lot.

The projects are expected to cost $1.9 million and $1.6 million, respectively, according to the last public forum presentation.

The projects will be funded at an 85 percent/15 percent split, according to Superintendent Andrew Corey.

“This gives us specific goals to now target as we move forward,” he said in a release. The STEM lab portion to raise is $279,000, and the field portion is $249,000. So far, $150,000 have been raised toward the total $528,000 Corey said.

People can pledge to either project directly.

The third and final public forum is scheduled for 6 p.m. Feb. 1 in the Hollis Brookline High School auditorium. Tours of the existing space will take place at 5:30 p.m.

More information on the renovations, including the slides, can be found at www.hbhsrenovations.com.

Hannah LaClaire can be reached at 594-1243 or hlaclaire@nashuatelegraph.com.