RSU 3 towns approve school renovation loan

By Jordan Bailey | May 10, 2017

Voters in the towns of Brooks, Freedom, Jackson, Knox, Liberty, Monroe, Montville, Thorndike, Troy, Unity and Waldo have approved a loan to Regional School Unit 3 for renovation projects that address health, safety and compliance issues at four schools.

The Maine Department of Education's School Renovation Revolving Loan Fund will provide the district with $1.2 million, of which 63 percent will be forgiven. The district will pay back the remaining $464,000 without interest over 10 years, at $46,438 per year, beginning in 2018-2019.

One member of the public attended a public hearing about the loan May 1. According to unofficial results, the loan was approved 171-114. Montville, Thorndike and Troy voters were against the borrowing, while the remaining eight towns voted in favor of it.

Projects approved for funding:

Walker Elementary School: Elevator for handicap accessibility to second floor ($341,120); fire suppression in bathrooms and second floor bathroom accessibility upgrades ($41,426); new classroom egress, fire alarms and fixes for other fire safety code violations ($126,430); new air handling unit and controls ($47,075); classroom ventilation improvements ($38,736)

Morse Elementary School: Elevator ($314,880); new powered exhaust system, classroom unit ventilator dampers and a supply fan and ducting to bring classrooms into compliance with standards for ventilation and indoor air quality ($42,771);  new air handling unit and motorized exhaust fan for ventilation ($39,005); new audio and visual fire suppression system, classroom egress and emergency lighting to address fire safety code violations ($41,695)

Monroe Elementary School: Basement egress, accessibility upgrades for bathrooms, classroom workstation, and art room workstation ($61,445); smoke detection, fire alarm system replacement, fire alarm audio and visual devices, mezzanine fire separation, emergency lighting and kitchen exhaust fire suppression ($107,366).

Troy Central School: Fire alarm system, fire alarm audio and visual devices, sprinkler system, emergency lighting and other improvements to address fire safety code violations ($62,005)


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Jordan Bailey has been working for The Republican Journal since 2013. She studied philosophy at Boston College and has experience in marine science education and journalism. She lives in Belfast.


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