SAD 75 seeks members for Topsham school design, building committees

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TOPSHAM — With a new or renovated Mt. Ararat High School in the pipeline, School Administrative District 75 is seeking community members to fill seats on designer selection and building committees.

SAD 75 has applied for state school construction funding since 1999, and the high school ranked seventh this year on a state construction funding list.

While construction would not take place for several years, planning and design work is beginning.

A designer must be selected for engineering and architectural services, and that architect will head a 21-step major capital development process, according to a Nov. 24 SAD 75 press release.

“This will begin with an analysis of the current building and site to determine whether renovation or new construction will best serve the needs of our students,” the announcement said. “Typically such a study and decision will be completed within six months from the time the architect is selected.”

Mt. Ararat High School teachers, staff and administrators are working on educational specifications. The architect will implement those specifications in forming a design and concept for the school.

The existing two-story, 41-year-old building was designed with an “open” concept, and has consequently been called a “school with no walls,” according to the press release.

The School Board is seeking one parent or community member to sit on the designer selection committee, which will meet several times in the coming months.

The board is also looking for two people to serve on the building committee, which requires a commitment of as long as five years. Its responsibilities could include working with the architect, developing the project’s concept and design, and overseeing the project through completion.

Applicants should send letters to the Office of Superintendent of Schools, Attn: Mt. Ararat HS Building Project, 50 Republic Ave., Topsham, ME 04086. The deadline is Dec. 10 for the designer selection committee and Jan. 12, 2105, for the building committee.

Letters should include reasons for applying, experience, interests or skills pertinent to the committee, ability to devote the required time, and contact information.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

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A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.