2015-05-01 / Community

Public hearing set for building bond

The RSU 21 board of directors will hold a public hearing on its $56.5 million bond proposal WORDS MISSING head to the June 9 ballot in all three towns of the district.

That session will kick off at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5, in the Alexander Economos Auditorium at Kennebunk High School.

If approved by voters, the bond will be used be to overhaul Kennebunk High School, Kennebunkport Consolidated School, and Arundel’s Mildred L. Day Elementary School.

The largest share of the bond, $42.8 million, will go into the high school, where the original 1939 building will be preserved and renovated, while the newer section, which once served as a middle school, will be demolished. New classrooms will be built in that area, along with a new library, science and technology lab, auditorium and cafeteria. Improvements also will be made to athletic fields, site drainage and parking.

At the Mildred L. Day School, $8.6 million will go into replacing the C and D wings of the school, which have been sinking into the ground at the rate of about half an inch per year with, as the district puts it, “no end in sight.” Other funds will go into code upgrades, new security systems and improved parking and traffic flow, as well as a new full-size gymnasium

The smallest piece of the pie, $5.1 million, will go to Consolidated School, which is slated for upgrades to security, parking, traffic flow, heating and cooling systems, handicapped accessibility and code requirements.

Full plans for all three projects will be available for public review at the hearing. School officials will be on hand to take comments, answer questions and review details of the proposed bond.

— Duke Harrington

Return to top