College referendum calls for additions to Skowhegan Center College, other advancements

In a referendum vote at the stop of the month, Skowhegan-space citizens are scheduled to approve or nix the use of federal pandemic aid funding for the renovation of a university and increasing world wide web entry, between other spending objects.

College Administrative District 54 is asking voters if federal funds can be spent on making an addition at Skowhegan Location Center College, and to make enhancements to HVAC, wiring and windows, and other renovations “at one or all” of the district’s elementary colleges. The program is to also expand broadband coverage.

Unfortunate 54 serves the cities of Canaan, Cornville, Mercer, Norridgewock, Smithfield and Skowhegan.

The district-broad referendum vote is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 31, at every town’s respective business.

If approved, an total not to exceed $6,970,000 will be employed to fund the initiatives by means of federal grants. Although the board expects the undertaking to be funded totally by a federal Elementary and Secondary University Crisis Aid grant, the district will have to have to issue bonds or notes to include undertaking fees until eventually the dollars is obtained and to cover any portions that the grants really do not absolutely fund.

“The intent of these initiatives is to use federal funding allocated to Unfortunate 54 for the district-wide response to deal with the COVID-19 public wellbeing unexpected emergency to meet tips of the state and federal Centers for Disease Command and Prevention, including social distancing and air high-quality enhancements,” Superintendent Jon Moody claimed in an e-mail.

Moody defined that the projects include “significant work” at both equally Canaan and Bloomfield elementary educational facilities to address problems with air flow there.

An addition would be created to the middle faculty on the aspect of the developing going through Route 2, building four new school rooms. Independently, the cafeteria will be expanded, adding about 1,100 square ft. If approved and when construction is finish, sixth-grade learners from Canaan and Mill Stream elementary schools are expected to relocate to the center college “by the commence of the 2023-24 school calendar year.”

The jobs, if greenlighted by the district’s voters, are likely to be completed mid-year through the 2022-23 school 12 months, Moody explained, incorporating that learners would not changeover mid-12 months, but at the get started of the following school 12 months.

The expanded square footage will permit students to exercise social distancing at both the middle- and elementary-faculty levels. In accordance to Moody, “the project would also permit us to expand cost-free pre-K programming and interventions for our youngest learners” as the district gains place from moving the sixth graders.

To date, Unhappy 54 has obtained about $16 million in coronavirus reduction funding by means of 3 diverse grants: $1,116,703 in July 2020 from ESSER I (CARES ACT) $4,621,847 in December 2020 from ESSER II (CARES ACT 2) $10,383,195 in March 2021 from the American Rescue Plan Act.

“The wide the greater part of our federal money had been concentrated on receiving our little ones in faculty and keep them in university,” Moody explained. “We are proud of the volume of time we’ve experienced our young children in school thinking about the polices.”

He said that the concentrate is to preserve pupils in school harmless. Unhappy 54 intends to “use these funds in means that will have a prolonged-term optimistic effects on the district,” according to Moody.

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