Portsmouth Middle School Construction Project, 155 Parrott Ave, Portsmouth, NH 03801
Phone: (603) 431-5080


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In the fall of 2009, Mayor Tom Ferrini and School Board Chairman Mitch Shuldman announced the formation of a Joint Building Committee to oversee the Middle School renovation and expansion project.


The JBC represents the City Council and School Board in working with the various parties involved in the project, including City staff, the design team, construction manager, and the Clerk of the Works. It also submits monthly reports to the City Council and School Board. 


The JBC is co-chaired by Chris Dwyer from the City Council and Dexter Legg from the School Board. It includes City Councilors Eric Spear and Jerry J. Hejtmanek; School Board Members Leslie Stevens and Lisa Sweet; and citizen members Mary Ann List, Ernie Carrier and Peter Middleton. Ex-officio members are City Manager John P. Bohenko, Superintendent Edward McDonough, School Business Administrator Stephen Bartlett and Middle School Principal John Stokel.


The JBC established the following Guiding Principles for its work:

  • Deliver a renovated and expanded Middle School building and surrounding grounds at Parrot Avenue and associated athletic fields that support the PMS educational program, and provide flexibility of use, now and in the future

  • Result in a “High Performance School” that is environmentally sensitive and efficient to operate and maintain

  • Provide a healthy physical environment that is conducive to learning and development

  • Minimize the impact on students’ education during construction so that instructional time, the curriculum, and the supportive environment for all students is maintained

  • Ensure the safety of students, staff, visitors and local residents with regard to traffic, parking, security, and environmental concerns during construction and upon project completion during normal school operation

  • Maintain an open process with frequent communication with educational professionals, City Council, City officials, students, and the community

  • Balance schedule, costs, quality and scope to optimize long-term value

To learn more about the JBC’s roles and responsibilities, click here.


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