With a little more than a month before the doors open for the first time at Maine Ocean School, details are still being nailed down about locations, enrollment numbers and faculty.

Maine Ocean School is a public magnet high school, according to its website, that will specialize in marine science, technology, transportation and engineering.

It will also "provide hands-on education on the water, in the lab, and in the classroom." The magnet school was established when legislation sponsored by Town Manager and state Rep. James Gillway, R-Searsport, passed and the school was approved in early 2017 by the state Education and Cultural Affairs Committee.

Maine Ocean School representatives have reached out to a number of community partners to provide facilities for classes.

In a July 25 text message, Eric Jergenson, chairman of Maine Ocean School's board,  said, "We are working on a press release at the moment to announce our community partners … For now, the first agreement that has been solidified is the Penobscot Marine Museum."

On July 7, the school's administrative offices moved into the Duncan House, located on the museum campus on Church Street in Searsport, according to a Maine Ocean School Facebook post.

"We are actively working on agreements with the Hutchinson Center, Waldo Tech School, and space within the RSU locally," Jergenson said.

"Because the concept is 'hands on, minds on,' the education of students will take place not only in the classroom but on the water, in the lab and in various placements in the maritime economy such as aquaculture, boatbuilding, marina management, etc.," according to a press release from Maine Ocean School Foundation, the fundraising arm supporting the school.

Jergenson, at the July 20 school board meeting, recommended suspending the search for a director after three "face-to-face" interviews, and said the focus should be on hiring a lead teacher and one other teacher.

The board agreed and unanimously approved Jergenson's recommendation.

Vice Chairman Carla Scocchi said currently there are six enrolled students with seven applications "pending." She said she expects to have 10 to 15 students enrolled this first year.

Scocchi said some Southern Maine families considering sending their children are finding the $8,000 cost of room and board to be a sticking point.

According to information posted on the Maine Department of Education website, Maine Ocean School has been allocated a total of $320,413 based on a 30-student enrollment equation. DOE notes adjustments will be made throughout fiscal year 2019.

Maine Ocean School Foundation will hold its first fundraising dinner Friday, Aug. 10, at the Samoset Resort in Rockport. Tickets are $150 per person and can be arranged by contacting maineoceanschoolfoundation@gmail.com or James Gillway, foundation chairman, at 323-3250, by Aug. 3.

For more information about fundraisers, visit maineoceanschoolfoundation.org.