A rendering of plans for the exterior of the new Regional School Unit 24 high school/middle school. PDT ARCHITECTS

RSU 24 voters approve new school to replace Sumner



SULLIVAN — A $44-million school project got the go-ahead from voters Tuesday.

Regional School Unit 24 (RSU 24) proposes building a new combination high school and middle school on the same property where Sumner Memorial High School is located. Construction is expected to begin in 2020 with students using the new building in September 2022.

Voters approved the proposal 46-11 in a straw poll March 20. However, the project needed formal voter approval through secret ballot Tuesday.

The vote passed 550-227, according to figures reported by RSU 24 Business Manager David Bridgham.

“We are very pleased with the results and see this as a tremendous opportunity for our students,” Superintendent Michael Eastman said Wednesday morning.

The following is a breakdown of votes by town:

Eastbrook, 8 yes, 18 no

Franklin, 38 yes, 35 no

Gouldsboro, 247 yes, 73 no

Maraiaville 11 yes, 11 no

Sorrento, 38 yes, 5 no

Steuben, 56 yes, 13 no

Sullivan, 71 yes, 21 no

Waltham, 8 yes, 41 no

Winter Harbor, 73 yes, 10 no.

Johanna S. Billings

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
News Reporter Johanna S. Billings covers eastern Hancock County and western Washington County. An avid photographer, she lives in Steuben with her husband and several cats. She welcomes tips and story ideas. Email her at [email protected]

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