Public forum on Camden-Rockport Middle School renovation slated for Jan. 29

By Dwight Collins | Jan 16, 2014
Photo by: Dwight Collins

Camden — A public forum on possible renovations to the Camden-Rockport Middle School will take palce Wednesday, Jan. 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the CRMS cafeteria.

Oak Point Associates of Biddeford, the architectural and engineering firm hired to complete a study and create a renovation plan, will present three concepts for the community to consider and offer the opportunity for feedback on those plans.

Child care will be available and community members from both Camden and Rockport are encouraged to attend the meeting that is designed to set the direction for future renovation design work.

Oak Point has completed multiple renovation plans, which include analysis of the middle school site that determines its ongoing suitability as a middle school campus, the development of a new site plan including any proposed facility additions or demolitions, and educational specifications to meet state standards and district needs.

In October, a public informational meeting and workshop was held to gather input from the community. At that time, interested community members were able to meet face-to face with representatives of Oak Point to suggest changes the community would like to see happen to the building and campus.

Keeping and using the Mary E. Taylor building as an anchor or cornerstone of the project was a reoccurring theme throughout the October meeting and one community member stated, “I believe you’d have a hard time selling the idea of tearing down that building to anybody around here.”

Included in the School Administrative District 28 budget passed in June was $125,000 to complete the renovation study.

For more information about the public forum, email SAD 28 Superintendent Elaine Nutter at Elaine_Nutter@fivetowns.net or call 236-3358.

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