POLAND — Voters in Poland, Minot and Mechanic Falls will decide whether to spend $5.7 million to renovate the school district’s combined middle and high school.

Based on building committee recommendations, the RSU 16 school board agreed this week to send the issue to voters in November.

The proposal calls for borrowing $5.7 million to add several classrooms to Bruce M. Whittier Middle School, eliminating the need for the three modular units the school is using for six temporary classrooms.

“Right now we’ve got students that are passing from building to building throughout the day in all kinds of weather, all kinds of situations,” said John Hawley, director of operations for the school system.

The project would also move some shared middle school-high school offices to a central location within the building and would create a single, secured entrance for the middle school and Poland Regional High School.

The school building is about 20 years old.

The project has been under discussion for about a year and a half.

A public forum has been scheduled tentatively for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, in the high school auditorium.

It will go to voters Tuesday, Nov. 7. 

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