SEARSPORT — Searsport and Stockton Springs voters will decide in the Nov. 8 election whether the Searsport District Middle and High School will build a timber-frame outdoor classroom to support its outdoor programs.

The classroom would be open on three sides, Superintendent Chris Downing said in an email to The Republican Journal. Technically it is considered new school construction, so it must be approved by voters.

The outdoor classroom is part of a school initiative to improve its educational strategy, Searsport District Middle and High School Principal Joshua Toothaker said.

The district received about $250,000 from the Maine Department of Education’s Rethinking Responsive Education Ventures program to make quality educational improvements, he said. If voters approve the referendum, the district will spend about $120,000 of that on the proposed classroom.

Toothaker hopes the classroom will act as a launchpad for the district’s outdoor programs, some of which take students to the nearby Mill Brook Preserve to explore field and water studies, he said.

If the referendum is approved, he hopes to have the classroom constructed by the end of this school year, he said, which would allow the school to use the classroom by next school year.

There is a public information forum on the referendum at the school Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. Toothaker invites anybody seeking more information to attend.