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Lamoine School Building Committee

Meeting Notes April 13, 2006

ATTENDENCE: Bonnie Marckoon Chairperson, Julie Tilden, Bob Pulver, Amy Duym, David Sanderson , Enid Neleski, Val Perkins Principal, and David Bridgham - Union 92 Business Manager.

SUMMARY OF EVENTS:

  1. It was reported that as of April 13, 2006, the Jina Gym Fund had raised a total of $115,708.28 and had a current balance of $109,973.78.
  2. It was reported that on February 22 the Commissioner of Education informed all Superintendents that the Revolving Renovation Fund has a low account balance and that the acceptance of new project applications is temporarily suspended. Consideration of new projects continues to be on hold at this time. The committee discussed pursuing private grant money to address individual building needs.
  3. The Priority List for program and space issues that cannot be addressed with State Revolving Renovation Funds stands as follows:
Priority # Score Program or Space Need
1 62 Gym (with locker rooms and fine arts area/stage)
2 95 Replace Portables with permanent space
3 109 Parking/Student Drop-off area w/ safe entry and office area
4 114 Grade Groupings with Bathrooms and Water
5 115 Computer Lab
6 138 Middle Level Science lab/Art
7 146 Storage Space
8 156 Improved/efficient lighting and ceiling tiles
9 163 Safer Playground (away from traffic & public access)
10 185 Large Community Library
11 210 Chemical Storage
12 221 Pest Control
13 237 Water Fountains
  1. Val Perkins and Amy Duym agreed to develop a short explanation for each of the above issue before disseminating the rating process to other forums such as the Long-Range Planning Committee, the Fire Dept. or the Town web site.
  2. The committee continued a discussion of the pros and cons of consolidation with another school district vs. building/renovating the existing structure. It was suggested that a list of the pros and cons of each option be developed.

Four distinct options for addressing all of the building needs were identified, and the pros and cons identified thus far were listed and discussed. This is a partial list with more items to be addressed at future meetings.

 

  1. Maintain status Quo and continue to address building issues with annual capital expenses funded through the school budget.

    PROS:

    • Long-term Savings
    • Saves Fuel
    • Local Control
    • School Choice for High School Students

    CONS:

 

 

  1. Renovate and Build using bond proceeds to be repaid through a combination of State Revolving Renovation Funds, privately raised money, and local taxes.

    PROS:

    • New Facility
    • Saves Fuel
    • Local Control
    • Improved Technology and Laboratories
    • Brings K-8 Students Together in Single Facility
    • School Choice for High School Students

    CONS:

    • Long-Term Cost
  2. Close the Lamoine school, consolidate with the Ellsworth School Department and transport all students to Ellsworth Schools, or pay tuition to send K-8 students to schools in Ellsworth or neighboring towns.

 

PROS:

CONS:

 

  1. Maintain existing facility and continue to address building deficiencies with annual capital expenses funded through the school budget, for occupation by students in lower grades; and pay tuition for middle school students to attend schools in Ellsworth or neighboring towns.

    PROS:

  1. The committee scheduled the next meeting for Wednesday, June 7 at 5:30 P.M. .