Maine Ocean School raises $31,000 for school opening

Aug 13, 2018

Rockport — Nearly 50 supporters and directors of the new Maine Ocean School and its foundation gathered at a dinner Friday, Aug. 10 at the Samoset Resort and raised an estimated $31,000 toward the school’s opening on September 4.

The Maine Ocean School is a public magnet high school for marine science, technology, transportation and engineering that provides a “hands-on, minds-on” education on the water, in the lab and in the classroom, according to the school’s literature.

The school is a partnership with the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport. Students from Maine will attend the school free of tuition charges. The state of Maine will provide an allotment of $10,000 per student, according to Capt. Eric Jergenson, chairman of the school’s board of trustees. The board said it is dedicated to making the cost of room and board affordable for all students.

The state told school officials that they had to have an enrollment of eight to open the doors. So far, six students have committed to the school, and another four have expressed interest that they plan to enroll, according to James Gillway, chairman of the foundation, the non-profit entity for the Maine Ocean School.

Jergenson said that so far the school expects to open Sept. 4 with eight students, although that enrollment will not be certain until Aug. 20.

 

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