2017-11-14 / Front Page

RSU 1 moves forward on new high school

Times Record Staff


Following last week’s referendum, Regional School Unit 1 is now ready to move forward on construction of a new high school.

Voters approved issuing $74,628,411 in bonds, and officials are hoping to start work on the project in June.

“We’re thankful and appreciative of the support,” said Superintendent Patrick Manuel,

“and as we move forward, the immediate thing that we’re going to be doing is before significant snow falls we’re going to finish up some of the site work that we’re going to do.”

The district is also working to finalize any property purchases that are needed for the new building.

“Within the next month or two at the latest, we’ll be finalizing those and executing those options to purchase so they become our property,” Manuel said.

The new structure will replace Morse High School and Bath Regional Career and Technical Center, and house both institutions.

RSU 1 residents and the state Board of Education have approved the concept design. Now that voters approved the bonds, the district will begin finalizing the exterior and interior designs.

“In the meantime, we’re going to be setting up meetings with our building committee — and with the (staff of) the technical center and the high school — to start kind of working on the fine details of the interior of the school and the design,” said Manuel.

While most of the building’s design has been received positively, the exterior of the school did receive criticism from several residents at a straw poll vote in September. Manuel noted that the building committee will likely address those concerns.

While Manuel was not certain when bids would go out for construction of the school, he expected them to go out sometime in early spring.

“Site construction will start in June,” he said.

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