Potential names released for Brunswick's new elementary school

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BRUNSWICK — The School Board on Aug. 12 received a list of potential names for the new elementary school on McKeen Street.

The board is expected to vote on the matter during a meeting in September. 

The three names include Joshua L. Chamberlain Elementary School, Harriet Beecher Stowe Elementary School and the McKeen Street Elementary School. 

The names were introduced by a subcommittee asked to gather community input. The three finalists were selected from suggestions received by the panel.

The leading candidate, the Joshua L. Chamberlain Elementary School, had 58 submissions. The other two names tied with 27 each. 

The School Department, meanwhile, has moved into its new headquarters at the Hawthorne Elementary School on Federal Street. The school is one of two being closed because of the construction of the new $28 million elementary school on McKeen Street. 

The department’s old headquarters on Union Street are being turned over to the town, which will use the space to house People Plus, a retirement services center being displaced by the construction of the Maine Street Station project. 

Besides the School Department, Hawthorne will also house the alternative education program formerly known as Union Street School. The program will occupy part of the second floor of Hawthorne. 

The recently re-established Brunswick Alumni Association will also have space at Hawthorne. 

Assistant Superintendent Greg Bartlett said the School Department is planning to hold an open house at the new headquarters on Sept. 23 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. 

Meanwhile, demolition of the old high school on McKeen Street is drawing toward completion. The building has been completely razed with only site cleanup remaining.

The site will soon be prepared for the construction of the elementary school, which is expected to break ground this fall. Construction bids for the new school will go out later this month. 

Steve Mistler can be reached at 373-9060 ext. 123 or smistler@theforecaster.net