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Meetings Scheduled to Discuss School Renovation Plan

A series of meetings have been scheduled to get input from residents about upcoming elementary school building  renovation projects.

The town is formulating phase two of a multi-year process designed to ensure that all elementary students are educated in facilities equipped for 21st Century learning while making sure that buildings are equitable and racially balanced.

A town-appointed committee, SMARTR2, presented three plans and a recommendation to the Board of Directors and Board of Education.  Members of the Boards want to get residents’ thoughts on these plans and have repeatedly emphasized that they are open to other ideas and proposals. That committee has also been charged by the Boards with preliminary planning for the repurposing of Nathan Hale, Washington, and Robertson.

Phase one of the work included renovation of Waddell Elementary, which reopened this year, and work now under way at Verplanck Elementary, which is scheduled to reopen in Fall 2019.

There is more information about the SMARTR2 work on the district website at

The schedule for the upcoming public meetings:

October 9 at 2:30 p.m. -- Manchester Senior Center, 549 East Middle Turnpike
October 9 at 6:30 p.m. -- Highland Park Elementary School PTA, 397 Porter Street
October 10 at 6:00 p.m. -- Verplanck Elementary School PTA, 65 North School Street
October 15 at 6:30 p.m. -- Martin Elementary School PTA, 140 Dartmouth Road  
October 16 at 6:30 p.m. -- EastSide Neighborhood Resource Center, 153 Spruce Street
November 8 at 6:30 p.m. -- Buckley Elementary School PTA, 250 Vernon Street
November 13 at 6:00 p.m. -- Keeney Elementary School PTA, 179 Keeney Street  
November 15 at 6:30 p.m. -- Bowers Elementary School PTA, 141 Princeton Street  
November 27 at 6:00 p.m. -- Waddell Elementary School PTA, 163 Broad Street  
November 28 at 8:00 a.m. -- Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, 20 Hartford Road

If you are a member of a community group or organization who wishes to host a presentation, please contact Jim Farrell, District Communications and Attendance Coordinator at