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Welcome to Maine School Administrative District 75
The four communities of Maine School Administrative District No. 75 are united in our dedication to develop confident, life-long learners. It is our mission to work together to ensure a community of fluent learners, critical thinkers and creative contributors to our society.
 
Mt. Ararat High School Project

November 25, 2014
 
After many years seeking state funding, M.S.A.D. No. 75 will be addressing facility needs at Mt. Ararat High School. The Board of Directors is looking for members of the community to serve on committees that will be closely involved in the process. 
 
The District has applied for school construction funding for high school improvements in all of the state Department of Education’s rating cycles since 1999, and recently received approval from the Maine Department of Education to begin this lengthy and comprehensive process. 
 
The next step now is the selection of a designer to provide architectural and engineering services. Once selected, the architect leads a 21-step process for major capital development. This will begin with an analysis of the current building and site to determine whether renovation or new construction will best serve the needs of our students. Typically such a study and decision will be completed within six months from the time the architect is selected.  It is important to note that the District will work in partnership with the Maine Department of Education to provide the quality of learning environments for our students designed for the next 40-50 years.
 
Mt. Ararat High School was originally built in 1973 and is a two-story structure augmented by three portable units providing six classrooms. Its original design was an “open” classroom concept for grades 7-12.  Facility upgrades have been made to the school over the years, but educational needs and changes throughout the years have made the school a likely candidate for major capital improvements.
 
The Board of Directors is looking for one parent or community member to serve on the Designer Selection Committee (DSC), which will follow the State’s process to select an architect for the project.  This committee will meet several times over the next few months, which could include both day and evening meetings.  The process may involve visitations to other schools.  Committee members will work to:
 
  • identify qualities the District desires in an architectural/engineering firm
  • review applications and select those firms to be interviewed
  • participate in interviews
  • recommend an architect to the Board of Directors
 
Once this task is complete, the work of the DSC will come to an end.

The Board is looking for two parent or community members for the Building Committee, which are positions requiring a long-term commitment. This committee may be active as long as five years with the following responsibilities:
 
  • meet at least once per month for the duration of the project
  • work with the architect and sub-committees
  • develop the concept and design of the project
  • oversee the process from construction through completion
 
There will be numerous sub-committees formed to address specific aspects of the school design through this process.  The work of these committees will be of a shorter duration and will be focused on specific areas.
 
Interested parties should send a letter responding to the following:
 
  1. On which of the following committees are you interested in serving? 
          Building Committee  ___
          Designer Selection Committee ___
          Sub-committees ___
  1. Why are you interested in serving? 
  1. What experience, skills or interests do you have that will help the committee(s)?
  1. Are you prepared to commit to the time required?
  1. Please provide your name and contact information.
 
Parties interested in serving on the Designer Selection Committee must submit their letters of interest by December 10, 2014.
 
Parties interested in serving on the Building Committee and/or sub-committees must submit their letters of interest by January 12, 2015.
 
Letters of interest should be sent to:
 
Office of the Superintendent of Schools
Attn:  Mt. Ararat HS Building Project
50 Republic Avenue
Topsham, ME 04086
 
Parents and community members who are interested in serving on committees associated with the project can find more information on the District’s website at www.link75.org.
District News

MTA Building Project is Underway!

MTA Building Project Presentation, Nov. 24

Sign up for MTA Building Project Committees
(Designer Selection Committee sign-up deadline is December 10th.

Building Committee and Sub-committees sign-up deadline is January 12.)

 
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