RSU 13 reps make presentation to Planning Board

A first look at the new Owls Head school

By Stephen Betts | May 18, 2017
Photo by: Landmark Corp., Surveyors & Engineers This is a graphic of the proposed new Owls Head school.

Owls Head — The Owls Head Planning Board is tentatively set to formally review the proposed new Owls Head school at its June 21 meeting.

The board viewed plans Wednesday, May 17, in a pre-application meeting. A site walk by the board is expected to be held June 21 as well.

Business Manager Peter Orne said Regional School Unit 13 hopes to bid out the project June 1, award a contract, and begin construction during the summer.

The project is expected to take 14 months to complete. The existing Owls Head Central School would be leveled during the summer of 2018 and students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade would be in the new two-story facility by the start of the 2018-2019 school year.

Voters in RSU 13 approved Feb. 28 a $23.2 million bond referendum 724 to 396. The estimated cost of the project is about $9.3 million.

The new school will have two stories with a first-floor footprint of 28,000 square feet. There will be classrooms on both floors.

The building will be located on the north side of the property -- to the left of the current school as you face the building from the road.

The current Owls Head school was built in 1952. Once the new building is completed, the Gilford Butler School in South Thomaston will close and the 1955-built building will be offered to the town. Owls Head Central serves students in grades three through five and Gilford Butler kindergarten through second grade.

Comments (2)
Posted by: Maggie Trout | May 18, 2017 16:03

It is hideous.  Straight out of horrid 1970s designs.  No esthetic whatsoever.  There could be a design with a central courtyard  - possibly covered - that would encourage interaction and outdoor educational activities.  This is $9.3 million of "chicken coop," with an elevator, I assume, given the two floors.  Architecture isn't just lines on paper; it can uplift and engage, or impede, and even destroy.  This design is soulless.

Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | May 18, 2017 15:46

Looks like a modern day chicken coop. Their mascot can be a rooster or a hen.

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