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December 11, 2018

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Project Updates
  • High School Construction Project Proceeding On Budget Construction of the new High School is well under way, and the project remains on budget.  The robust pace of construction is evident in invoicing of over $1 million each month for work completed by the contractor. The project budget of $58.6 million includes a contingency fund of approximately $2.3 million to address construction change orders as a result of unanticipated conditions – such as the need to remove unsuitable soils under the new access road – or additional costs occurring from design oversights which can be anticipated in any construction project of this size. Fortunately there have been few surprises, unanticipated conditions or oversights as the project has come out of the ground and the contractor continues his review ...
    Posted Dec 4, 2018, 9:44 AM by Ryan Palmer
  • Landscaping Committee Formed by Volunteers Many community members have been actively engaged in lending their interest, time and expertise to the planning and design of the new Mt. Ararat High School. The Board of Directors continues to support this approach with the recent appointment of a Landscaping Subcommittee following a call for community volunteers. The five members of the Subcommittee include Jane Scease, David Johnson, Jr., Becca Norklun, Martha Simpson, and Joyce Thomas. The charge for this Subcommittee is to work with the Architect to develop landscaping plans within the Project’s budget allowance for high-visibility areas of the new site, such as the main entrance and gymnasium entrance. These plans will then be brought forward for approval to the Building Committee. The involvement ...
    Posted Nov 26, 2018, 4:53 AM by Ryan Palmer
  • New Baseball Field Update The creation of a new baseball and multi-purpose field was one of the first visible signs that our Mt. Ararat High School project was underway.  Though we had originally hoped to be playing on them next spring, a lengthy process to reconstruct utility lines as well as a very poor growing season this summer have caused us to delay that for a year.  In the end, the grass did not grow to our satisfaction in time for play in the spring of 2019. Our intention has always been to have a field that is fantastic for our athletes, enjoyable for spectators, and an all around proud accomplishment of the district.  We’ll need a bit more time for all ...
    Posted Nov 1, 2018, 6:28 AM by Ryan Palmer
  • Construction Oversight at MTAHS Mt. Ararat High School Construction Project OversightBy Daniel Chuhta, Interim Superintendent A construction project this large requires the involvement of many individuals.  In regard to oversight, representation from the District (Interim Superintendent, Business Manager, Facilities Director, and the Building Committee Chairperson), PDT (the architectural firm), Arthur C. Dudley (the General Contractor), the Maine Department of Education, and the Clerk of the Works (hired by the Architect to be onsite daily) meets twice each month to review progress, discuss next steps, and address questions and/or concerns.  In addition, the District’s team meets every other week with representatives from PDT as well as the Clerk of the Works.Beyond the daily duties of the Clerk of the Works, regular ...
    Posted Sep 13, 2018, 7:08 AM by Ryan Palmer
  • MTA HS Construction Campus Updates Mt. Ararat High School Construction Campus UpdatesBy Donna Brunette, MTA Principal As many of you are aware, the high school construction project is underway.  Exciting! A great deal of work has been done since school ended in June. The contractors have been focused on site development throughout the summer with the roadway a priority, preparing all the ground systems such as water and power, drilling geothermal wells, and pouring the foundation for the new school.  The progress made has been amazing! If you haven’t been on campus, you will be stunned. Our main entry road, Eagle’s Way, has been closed for the summer, but has reopened.  Roadways, parking, and walking paths are all impacted by construction and ...
    Posted Sep 13, 2018, 7:02 AM by Ryan Palmer
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This is an exciting time in MSAD 75! 

Just recently, the residents of the district voted overwhelmingly to invest in building a new Mt. Ararat High School for the students of Bowdoin, Bowdoinham, Harpswell and Topsham.

The new school will be a state-of-the art learning center for our students, with a modern, energy efficient building designed for 21st century learning. Hundreds of hours were spent to ensure longevity and the best return on our investment. This state/local partnership has been decades in the making and we are ready to get going. 
Our committee’s interest is in enhancing the student/community experience. 
We invite you to share in this exciting plan by supporting some of the most visible components of the project, which include:

  • Dugouts
  • Scoreboards for athletic fields
  • Indoor ropes course
  • Other additional unforeseen project costs approved by the building committee
  • and more....

Mt. Ararat will be a centerpiece for our four communities and draw people from all over. With plans to build top notch athletic facilities, the campus will be a high visibility zone. We’d appreciate an opportunity to tell you more about this exciting project, and all the levels of sponsorship possible in a variety of ways. 
Warm Regards,

MSAD 75 Naming Rights and Sponsorship Committee

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