Timeline for SMHS project announced

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LIVERMORE FALLS — RSU 73 Superintendent Robert Wall presented a timeline Thursday for the $1.8 million project to have all Spruce Mountain High School students in Jay by the fall.

The project is up for a vote Tuesday in Livermore Falls, Livermore and Jay.

Augusta-based Bunker and Savage architects put together the original plan for housing all 500 high school students at buildings in Jay, instead of using the high schools in Jay and Livermore Falls.

Advertisements for an architect will begin Jan. 20, followed by a review of applicants and interviews Feb. 11, 12 and 13. The RSU 73 board is expected to appoint an architect Feb. 14.

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In the following two months, more specific plans for renovating and using the high school, middle school and community buildings in Jay will be worked out.

Bids for construction will go out April 21 and be due May 10. Construction is expected to begin on or around May 13, with a completion date set for Aug. 16.

Work will likely begin in the Jay Community Building first, followed by the other changes after classes end in June.

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