Waldorf school plans new Freeport high school

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FREEPORT — The Maine Coast Waldorf School plans to build a new high school near its elementary school on Desert Road.

The project, at 57 Desert Road, was scheduled to go before the Project Review Board on Wednesday. The board conducted a site walk on July 6. 

Maine Coast Waldorf School, which changed its name last August from Merriconeag Waldorf School, already has a high school in New Gloucester. 

Plans for the new high school include constructing a two-story building of just over 11,000 square feet, and creating a parking lot and drop-off area.

Cliff Goodall, the chairman of the Project Review Board, said the school presented the board a conceptual drawing for the proposed new addition last month.

“It would have six or seven rooms,” he said. “It doesn’t have a very big footprint.”

The new high school would be sized for 35 students plus staff, and would be located across the driveway from the elementary school, Goodall said.

“They’re not that far advanced with their plans,” he said. “They already have expansion of their elementary school approved, and they’re moving ahead with that.”

A total of 250 students attended Maine Coast Waldorf School’s elementary school last year. The expansion approved by the Project Review Board will make room for more students and more activities, as well.

Goodall said that the elementary school will have a classroom addition, an expanded parking lot and a new athletic field.

“Parking and turnaround facilities are limited and they need that expansion,” Goodall said.

Goodall said the new high school would be built on what is now old pastureland. The board has no issue with that, but conducted the site walk due to traffic concerns, he said. 

Lynne Espy, development director for Maine Coast Waldorf School, at the end of June said the school will release details of the high school project – which includes a fundraising piece – in coming weeks.

“I’d rather not give any details until we release an official press release because we want all the parents to know first,” she said.

Kate Gardner of The Forecaster contributed to this report.

The Maine Coast Waldorf School is proposing building a new high school next to its elementary school on Desert Road in Freeport.