Ground broken for new Owls Head school

By Stephen Betts | Aug 09, 2017
Photo by: Stephen Betts Principal Ben Tripp digs a ceremonial shovel of dirt at the formal groundbreaking Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 9, for the new elementary school in Owls Head.

Owls Head — The excavation equipment had already been at work, but the ceremonial first shovel of dirt was dug Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 9, for the new pre-kindergarten-through-fifth grade school.

School administrators, board members and town officials were present for the brief ceremony held on the grounds of the Owls Head Central School.

Regional School Unit 13 Superintendent John McDonald said he was proud of this milestone, which is part of the Schools of Our Future program unveiled two years ago. The program included reducing the number of schools and implementing new courses.

The general contractor for the Owls Head school is Blaine Casey of Augusta, which was the low bidder at $7,678,275. The new school was designed by architect Jason Merriam.

The project is expected to be completed in time for students to move into it for the start of the 2018-2019 school year.

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 existing Owls Head Central School will be leveled during the summer of 2018.

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.

Voters in RSU 13 approved Feb. 28 a $23.2 million bond referendum 724 to 396 for a variety of school construction projects.

A new classroom wing for sixth-graders has been constructed at Oceanside Middle School in Thomaston. The McLain School in Rockland will be closed and administrative offices relocated to the South School in Rockland. Renovations and a larger cafeteria will be built at Oceanside High School in Rockland.

The last new school built in the district was Rockland District Middle School, which was constructed in 1998 and dedicated in May 1999.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Joanne L Richards | Aug 11, 2017 23:22

Congratulations, job well done by all on the RSU 13 team!

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