The long-planned addition to Oceanside High School in Rockland and the second phase of additions to Oceanside Middle School in Thomaston are ready to go from paper to reality.

The Regional School Unit 13 Board received an update Thursday night, Dec. 7, from senior associate architect Mike Johanning of WBRC Architects Engineers.

A classroom wing at the middle school was completed in August. The second phase of the additions at the middle school is the construction of a new cafeteria and kitchen. The existing cafeteria and kitchen will be renovated into space for technical education, music and a classroom once the addition is completed.

The new cafeteria will triple the size of the current cafeteria, Johanning said. That cafeteria serves meals to other RSU 13 schools in the region.

The Thomaston Planning Board gave its approval for the Thomaston project Nov. 21. The state Fire Marshal's Office has also issued a permit.

Johanning said the work will begin once final budget numbers are reviewed and approved. The project should be done by the fall of 2018. Bowman Construction will also do the second phase of the middle school work.

The high school addition in Rockland will also include a new cafeteria and kitchen. The new cafeteria will be double the size of the current one and the kitchen will be larger and modern. The current cafeteria and kitchen will be converted into administrative offices.

A new entrance and vestibule will also be constructed about where the current exterior entrance for the cafeteria is located.

Additional bathrooms will be constructed that will be adequate for public functions at the school, such as concerts, plays and ballgames.

The lower level of the school will be completely gutted once the basketball season is completed, the architect said. New locker rooms will be built, as well as new bathrooms and a new training room, and the fitness center will be relocated to the lower level.

The space will have improved ventilation, Johanning said.

An elevator will be installed adjacent to the gym to make the lower level handicapped-accessible.

The parking lot will be redesigned with an area for buses to pick up and drop off students and a separate lane for motorists.

The current administrative offices will be converted to classrooms.

Voters in RSU 13 (Rockland, Thomaston, Owls Head, South Thomaston, and Cushing) approved in February borrowing up to $23.2 million for a series of building projects in the district. That included the earlier classroom addition at the middle school, the new Owls Head school, and the additions to the middle and high schools.

RSU 13 turned over the Lura Libby School to the town of Thomaston. The Thomaston Select Board will consider Monday night, Dec. 11, approving the recommendation of the Standing Municipal Facility Committee to solicit engineering work to determine whether Lura Libby can be converted into the fire and ambulance station.

The school district is also turning over the McLain School to the city of Rockland. RSU 13 will move its administrative offices, alternative education program and computer systems to South School next summer. Room was freed up at South School when the sixth-graders moved to the middle school in Thomaston.

The city is considering whether the McLain School can be converted to affordable housing.