RSU 73 moving forward with building project

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LIVERMORE FALLS — The RSU 73 board Thursday officially validated Tuesday’s vote for a $1.8 million project so Spruce Mountain High School students can all be housed in Jay.

Voters in Jay, Livermore and Livermore Falls voted 449-331 to revamp the high and middle schools, and Jay Community Building.

“I’m very pleased we’ll have all students on one campus,” board Chairwoman Denise Rodzen said.

Construction is expected to begin in May and the buildings ready for students in mid-August.

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The plan is to move Spruce Mountain High School students in Livermore Falls to Jay. Sections of Spruce Mountain high and middle schools in Jay and the Jay Community Building will be renovated to accommodate the 500 high school students, along with the middle school students.

The project will be financed by a $745,000 Quality Schools Construction bond and a 15-year loan from the Maine Municipal Bond Bank.

Sections of the Jay Community Building house the town’s Free Store and equipment for the Area Youth Sports organization. Rodzen said the Free Store may be moved to another section of the Community Building and the sports equipment may be stored at the Livermore Falls high school.

In a related matter, the RSU 73 Buildings and Grounds Committee will  meet soon to discuss the fate of the former Livermore Falls Middle School, which has been closed for more than two years.

Rodzen said the committee will decide whether to sell it. The town turned down its option to acquire it. She said the school district wants to retain the land.

The Building and Grounds Committee will present its recommendations at the Jan. 24 board meeting.

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