Topsham high school rebuilding project seeks committee members

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TOPSHAM — A building committee involved in the renovation or reconstruction of Mt. Ararat High School is seeking members for various subcommittees.

School Administrative District 75 has applied for state school construction funding since 1999, and its high school ranked seventh last year on a state construction funding list.

The existing two-story building was constructed in 1973 with an “open” concept, and has been dubbed a “school with no walls.”

Whether Mt. Ararat will be rebuilt or renovated has yet to be determined. Work could begin no sooner than late 2016 or mid-2017, project architect Lyndon Keck of Portland-based PDT said last month.

In the meantime, the project’s Building Committee is creating six subcommittees that will meet at least once a month for 18-24 months. Those groups will report to the Building Committee.

The subcommittees are building systems, communications, physical education/athletics, student advisory, sustainability, and technology/learning commons. Other groups, such as those delving into music and the visual and performing arts, and furniture, may be formed in the future.

Volunteers interested in participating should send the district a letter, email, or fill in the input box at

They should state which committee, or committees, they wish to join; why they are interested; what experience, interests or skills they have that could serve the group; whether they are prepared to put in the time required; and to provide their name and contact information.

Letters of interest must be submitted by July 10 to: Superintendent’s Office, Attn: Mt. Ararat HS Building Project, 50 Republic Ave., Topsham, ME 04086.

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

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.