NEWPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Two meetings this week will discuss the possible improvement of RSU 19 schools that are showing their age. The state is looking to remodel Nokomis Regional High School and Newport Elementary, both more than 40 years old.
Residents in Newport and Etna's school district will have to decide how to use the Maine Department of Education's money. The money can be used to renovate the schools or rebuild them all together. Among the plans are to rebuild both schools separately or together as one school. Leaderssaid that could have an affect on how students move through the RSU.
"You can actually consider different options like how you use other spaces around the district," said superintendent of schools Greg Potter. "Possibly some consolidation of those spaces...which could mean some school closures...we don't know at this point...but we have to come up with a concept."
Directors at Nokomis said the age of their school building is really starting to show. They said the roof is leaking in several spots and the school's tile floor has been buffed so many times that it's now worn down. Nokomis has also had to build a number of portable classrooms around the building. School leaders said that can make the day difficult because of constantly having to move students around.
The following meetings will be taking place to discuss the issue. One will be at Somerset Middle School on Wednesday March 12, 2014 beginning at 6:30 p.m. A second meeting will follow at Sebasticook Middle School on Thursday March 13, 2014 beginning at 6:30 p.m. Dinner will proceed both meetings at 6:00 p.m.