RSU 73 residents to vote on project Tuesday


LIVERMORE FALLS — Residents of RSU 73 will go to the polls Tuesday to vote on a $1.8 million project to house all Spruce Mountain High School students at Jay in the fall.

Voting is from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 15 at the Jay Community Building, the Livermore Town Office and the Livermore Falls Town Office.

The School Board and architects have been working for months on a plan to have all 500 high school students attend classes in Jay. Some attend classes at the Livermore Falls high school.

The plan is to renovate the Jay high school and add six classrooms, renovate several classrooms in the adjacent Spruce Mountain Middle School, and renovate the bottom floor of the Jay Community Building for several new classrooms, offices and bathrooms primarily for middle school students.

An enclosure between the high school entrance and the middle school would be built and electrical and technical upgrades made.

A 15-year loan would finance the work, with almost half of it at low or no interest, and the rest at low interest from the Maine Municipal Bond Bank.

Superintendent Robert Wall said if the referendum is voted down, the backup plan is to lease two modular buildings, one with six classrooms and the other with four.

The Livermore Falls high school would be closed June 30.