LIVERMORE FALLS — A Livermore man spearheading an effort to keep the plumbing program available to students in Jay and Livermore Falls and beyond updated the Regional School Unit 36 directors on his progress Thursday.
RSU 36 directors approved a budget that has the whole $16,000 to take care of the program for high school students.
Since then, Ranor Inc. representative Tim Madden said he has spoken to Jay school Superintendent Robert Wall about pitching in $5,000 as a share of the program. Madden has also talked about raising some money privately. Ranor in Jay already pays for the master plumber for the program.
Initially the plumbing program was out of the budget in RSU 36 and Jay dropped it as well.
Since it has been reinstated, Jay had already approved its budget to go to voters in June and didn’t include money for plumbing.
Wall said Friday that he spoke to Madden and he looked over the budget. It looks like Jay could come up with some money for the program. He plans to run the proposal by the Jay School Committee at its May meeting.
In the past, Wall said, part of Jay’s share came from providing space at the Jay High School and that will be proposed again.
Madden also explained to RSU 36 directors that there is an effort afoot to bring Foster Regional Applied Technology Center into the program, and there may be some future money available there to help with the cost.
Center Director Glenn Kapiloff said Friday, they are looking to add a plumbing program into the new school being built on the site of Mt. Blue High School/Foster Tech in Farmington, which will not be ready for about two years.
It is still in the early stages but the design for the new school already includes space for plumbing, electrical, and heating, ventilating and air conditioning programs, Kapiloff said.
However, the state and the advisory board of area administrators for the Foster Tech center have not discussed the potential programs.
That will happen in the future, Kapiloff said.
If the time is right and everything is approved for the plumbing program, then Foster Tech would potentially like an option to send some of its students to the Jay/Livermore Falls satellite program, Kapiloff said. If it occurs before the Farmington school building is completed, Kapiloff said, he would look for grants to fund the district’s share.