2015-04-24 / Letters

Time for school project is now

To the editor:

I am an Arundel resident with a thirdgrader and a second-grader in the Mildred L. Day School and I am asking voters to support the upcoming school renovation project vote on June 9, 2015. The renovation of these three schools is imperative to the future of these three communities.

I have toured all three schools, but feel that I should speak on the behalf of my children’s school, Mildred L. Day School. I am proud that my children are at Mildred L. Day School.

Last year MLD was voted one of the top 25 elementary schools for total student growth by the Maine Department of Education. Anyone who has entered the school knows how special our school is. There is a love of learning, a passion for teaching and a sense of the community that you can see on the face of every student. In Arundel, our school holds a special place. It is more than the building that houses our children and their education; it is the heart of our community. Every event held in Arundel is held at the Mildred L. Day School: Halloween parties, dances, bean suppers, town meetings, fundraisers and the list goes on.

We are, however, now buying time; the Mildred L. Day School is sinking. This winter was hard on the building, after every snowstorm RSU 21 had a crew shoveling the roof and gussets were installed to reinforce the roof beams. As is the situation with Consolidated School and Kennebunk High, the school is outdated, has inadequate life systems and inefficient HVAC systems.

I have always supported RSU 21 and Arundel’s inclusion. At the same time, all three towns have very different identities, and the Mildred L. Day School is the heart of Arundel’s identity. Although the renovation of Mildred L. Day School is absolutely necessary for the survival of the school, the renovation of both Consolidated and Kennebunk High School are just as important.

Every child in RSU 21 deserves a safe, efficient and technologically up-to-date school.

I can’t help but think of how different the world is today than it was 30 years ago when the last wing was built at Kennebunk High and the C/D Wing was built at MLD. I congratulate the RSU 21 school board for listening to the voters.

The new plans for the renovation of the Mildred L. Day School, Consolidated School and Kennebunk High School are a thoughtful, comprehensive and a balanced look at the future of these schools and their communities.

The need for this project will not get any less, with interest rates being low and with money being poured into inefficient buildings, we need to act now. Vote yes on June 9 and provide the students of Arundel, Kennebunk and Kennebunkport quality schools for the future of all of our communities.

Kirsten S. Camp

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