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High School Update and Opportunities
March 31, 2016

From Bradley V. Smith, Superintendent of Schools
 
Project Update:
 
M.S.A.D. No. 75 is closing in on final square footage that will be approved by the State of Maine Department of Education for the high school project.  Over the past several weeks, the District, the project architect, and DOE officials have been meeting to review space allocation programs for the proposed new high school.  The space allocation and components approved by the State will be paid for by the State through the EPS (Essential Programs and Services) formula.  Any additional footage of components above and beyond what the State approves must be paid for by local taxpayers and donations.
 
The first space allocation was proposed as 209 square feet per student, then revised to 193 sq feet per student, and most recently revised to an allocation of 187 sq feet.  At that figure, the building would be a total of 140,539 sq feet compared to the existing 156,500 sq feet. The current facility was designed for 1,100 students, and the new high school is using 750 students as a projected enrollment.
 
At the most recent meeting with state officials, the project was scheduled to appear for site approval on the April agenda of the State Board of Education.  Prior to that, the District will present the site selection and relevant information to a sub-committee of the State Board of Education.  That meeting is set for April 1st.  The Building Committee, M.S.A.D. No.75 Board of Directors and a straw poll held on January 21, 2016, all supported keeping the MTA High School project on our current campus!
 
PDT, the architectural firm for the project, was also given the “green light” to begin working on the concept design. While final square footage has not been set, the concept design will be adjusted as necessary.  This is an exciting step, as the project moves from “ideas” to drawings.  These will lead the project toward concept approval, and a return to the State Board of Education.
 
Throughout the project, the Building Committee, under John Hodge’s leadership, meets to review work.  The six sub-committees (Building Systems, Sustainability, Communications. PE/Athletics, Technology/Learning Commons and Student Advisory) meet frequently.
 
You can find updates by clicking on the MTA Construction News icon on any of the District’s or school webpages.
 
Opportunities – Naming Rights and Sponsorships:
 
Would you or your business/place of work be interested in having some part of the new high school named after your organization?  Would you like to donate some amount of money in order to see your name listed as a contributor to the project?
 
The M.S.A.D. No. 75 School Board recently held two workshops to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of such opportunities.  The Board’s Policy Committee will take these conversations and turn them into a Board policy to govern these practices.  The Board also recently voted to create a new sub-committee, Fundraising, which would function along with the existing six sub-committees, to work out the logistics for Naming Rights and Sponsorships.
Naming rights (such as XYZ Auditorium) will be limited to areas generally accessed by the public, such as athletic fields, gym, auditorium, and perhaps a few other selected areas.  The intent of the Board regarding sponsorships is to have various levels available so as to allow the largest number of interested parties to participate.  Sponsorship (such as plaques or stones) will be expected to reflect the quality of the building and to be consistent with its design.
 
This is an invitation to seek volunteers who would like to serve on the Fundraising Committee.
 
Interested parties should send a letter (by email to brillantb@link75.org) or the input box on the District’s website (construction.link75.org).
 
Please respond to the following:
 
1.         Are you interested in serving on the Naming Rights or Sponsorship aspect of this committee?  _______________
2.         Why are you interested in serving?
3.         What experience, skills or interest do you have that will help the sub-committee(s)?
4.         Are you prepared to commit to the time required?
5.         Please provide your name and contact information.
 
Parties interested in the Fundraising sub-committees now being established must submit their letters of interest by Friday, April 22, 2016.
 
Letters of interest should be sent to:
Superintendent’s Office
Attn:  Mt. Ararat HS Building Project
50 Republic Avenue
Topsham, ME 04086
 

 

 

 

 

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