Public Information Meeting on Sanford Elementary School Upgrades September 15

September 15, 2016

It is common knowledge that the Sanford High School and Technical Center construction project is well under way (if you haven't viewed the weekly videos of the project's progress, it is well worth doing so on the school's Construction News page.) But Sanford has also been approved by the Maine Department of Education for an additional school project that will incorporate the reuse and renovation of the existing Sanford High School, and an addition to the Margaret Chase Smith School that will address program and facility needs at all of Sanford's elementary schools.

On Thursday, September 15 starting at 6:00 PM, there will be an initial public information session at Margaret Chase Smith School gymnasium.

The September 12th Sanford School newsletter says the information session will go over the proposed plan to create three Pre-K to grade 4 elementary schools and a 5th to 8th grade middle school in Sanford by closing Willard and Lafayette, re-purposing the current SJHS as a new Pre-K to grade 4 elementary school, re-purposing the current SHS as a new grade 5-8 middle school, and expanding Margaret Chase Smith to accommodate more elementary students.

The Maine Department of Education is funding these projects and has given the City permission to move forward with "concept design" of the plan. 

The plan accomplishes fewer transitions (between schools) for Sanford children and will provide similar facilities and resources to all students and staff in the district while also being more cost effective for the city.

This meeting is open to the public and will be the first of several ongoing information sessions, straw poll votes, and eventually a referendum.

Be informed so that you can help support building Sanford's future!  View a detailed concept summary and proposed floor plans for the school buildings on the school department's website here.