Former middle school for sale or lease

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LIVERMORE FALLS — The RSU 73 board voted Thursday to advertise for the sale or lease of the former Livermore Falls Middle School.

The school was closed a couple of years ago after students were sent to Spruce Mountain Middle School in Jay.

Wall said the three-story brick and wood building will be advertised in local newspapers and on the Internet. It has 45,138 square feet of space; the adjacent gym has 14,406 square feet.

The price is negotiable. The advertisement provides a one-month deadline for submitting responses.

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RSU 73 will retain ownership of the land.

“The Facilities Committee will meet with anyone interested in the sale or lease. Ken Vining (maintenance director) has the specs and will provide tours,” Superintendent Robert Wall said.

Those interested may contact Vining at 897-6722 or kvining@rsu73.org

The former middle school is one of two school buildings that are or will be closed by June 30. On that date, the former Livermore Falls High School will be closed. The 240 students there will go to Spruce Mountain High School in Jay.

In other matters, the board held a 40-minute closed session to discuss negotiations for the teachers, educational technicians, secretaries and administration bargaining units. Talks have been ongoing for nearly 18 months.

Also on Thursday, the board:

* Accepted the resignations of Livermore Elementary School educational technician Juanita Bouchard and Central Office administrative assistant Lynn Smith. Smith’s position will not be filled.

* Appointed Principal Steve Leunig of Spruce Mountain High School in Livermore Falls as adviser for the Classes of 2013, 2014 and 2015.

* Approved a four-year contract with Bailey Brothers, Livermore Falls, for bus maintenance at $57 per hour for the first year, and $58.50 per hour after that. A mechanic will be on duty at 6 a.m., if needed.

* Learned that recently hired high school Principal T.J. Plourde will begin his duties after February vacation. Acting high school principal in Jay, Chris Hollingsworth will remain at the temporary position for a few weeks before returning to his position as principal of Jay Elementary School. Steve Leunig, interim principal of Spruce Mountain High School in Livermore Falls, will remain  through the end of the school year.

A Buildings and Grounds Committee meeting was set for 5 p.m. Feb. 11 to review applicants for the position of architect for the $1.8 million building project in Jay.

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