SEARSPORT — Searsport and Stockton Springs voters approved a Regional School Unit 20 ballot question in the midterm election that will allow Searsport District Middle and High School to build an outdoor classroom using state funds the district acquired.

The funds are from a $250,000 award issued to the district for quality educational improvements. As previously reported, the funding source was the Maine Department of Education’s Rethinking Responsive Education Ventures program.

Voters in Stockton Springs overwhelmingly approved the ballot question, with 759 favorable votes and 199 votes opposed. In Searsport, 1,078 voters approved the ballot question and 282 voters rejected it.

The district will use roughly $120,000 of those funds to build the classroom, which will support the school’s outdoor programs.

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