RSU 24 Board approves report, potential purchases

SULLIVAN — Regional School Unit 24 (RSU 24) Board members approved a 170-page educational specifications report during their regular meeting on Tuesday that outlines community input on a new high school, as well as a vision for the potential building put together by the district’s architect.

That report was being driven to Augusta on Wednesday morning to be submitted to officials with the state Department of Education’s Building Committee for approval, according to Superintendent Michael Eastman.

The board also made a motion to allow Eastman to offer $120,000 for the purchase of land to the east of the high school. If that purchase doesn’t work out, the board also approved Eastman to make an offer on a property to the west of the high school. Both of those purchases would be contingent upon state approval.

The board also approved a planned straw poll for March 20, during which the public can vote on whether the site of the new high school should be where the current Sumner Memorial High School currently stands.

Jack Dodson
Jack Dodson began working for The Ellsworth American in mid-2017, and covers eastern Hancock and western Washington counties. He grew up in the Mid-coast region before living in New York City for five years, where he freelanced in documentary filmmaking and journalism. He is particularly interested in criminal justice, environment and immigration reporting.