ROCKLAND — The Rockland area school district plans to move ahead with plans to erect two modular classroom buildings at Oceanside High School in Rockland and Oceanside Middle School in Thomaston.

But the urgency for erecting the permanent buildings is less with the expectation for a more normal school schedule in September with no hybrid teaching and no six-foot distance requirements for staff and students.

Regional School Unit 13 Superintendent John McDonald said Aug. 2 he expects the modular additions will be ordered in the next week or two. The superintendent acknowledged that orders for units are backed up significantly, so they may not be ready to occupy until the start of the 2022-2023 school year.

McDonald stressed that these buildings are not the old mobile classrooms, but buildings that will have a foundation or slab and planned for permanent use.

Even though the original need for the units were to handle more students while maintaining physical distance requirements, the need for more space is necessary, he said. The high school units would be used for adult education, which is held at the McLain School, and the other for alternative education, which is held at the South School.

The tentative plan was for one of those units to be located in the area of the former skate park and the other on a currently grassy spot at the high school grounds.

The addition at the middle school would house the information technology department. The district’s computer center is now in the basement of the former McLain School in Rockland. The school district expects to turn that building over to the city of Rockland next year.

The district is receiving $8.6 million in federal aid as part of the COVID-19 relief package.

The superintendent said the plan to create 9.5 additional teaching positions at the high school and three additional positions at the middle school will scale back considerably since those new positions were planned to create smaller classrooms to meet the COVID-19 physical distancing requirements.

The original plan was presented to the school board April 15.