Pre-K debate resurfaces in Blue Hill

BLUE HILL — Voters at the annual Town Meeting in April may consider whether to fund a school renovation and pre-kindergarten program at Blue Hill Consolidated School.

Residents at the 2013 Town Meeting spent several minutes debating the pros and cons of a pre-K program.

During the 2012 Town Meeting elections, Blue Hill voters were asked whether they would support a pre-K program. Votes were 176 yes to 104 no.

The Blue Hill School Board voted last month 4-0, with one abstention, to pursue a pre-K program, according to Union 93 Superintendent Mark Hurvitt.

The school has a committee of residents, a pediatrician, members of the Healthy Peninsula organization, teachers and staff working on a pre-K program.

During the October School Committee meeting, Bucksport architect Rick Malm of Malm + Lewis Architecture presented two possible renovation plans to accommodate a pre-K, according to a copy of the meeting minutes. One estimate was $208,590. Another estimate, which would include redoing locker rooms to create more storage, was $282,398.

School Principal Della Martin said the board would approach the town about renovations for consideration at the annual town meeting.

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