Peninsula School to Open Sept. 4

GOULDSBORO — The new $12-million Peninsula School overlooking the village of Prospect Harbor will open on Friday, Sept. 4, two days later than most other schools in Regional School Unit 24 (RSU 24).


“We feel we need to give teachers and staff more time to prepare the building for students,” RSU 24 Superintendent Bill Webster said.

However, the students will end their school year at the same time as everyone else in the RSU because the systemwide school calendar has two extra days built in, he said.

In Ellsworth, children in fourth through eighth grade also will begin classes Sept. 4 in a portion of the new Ellsworth Elementary Middle School. Like the Peninsula School, the two-day delay is designed to allow a bit more breathing room.

Webster said that one delay in construction at the Peninsula School was due to the rainy weather. A stretch of dry weather was needed, he said, in order to install the leach field for the school’s septic system.

“The weather has cooperated and the septic system will not be an issue for opening day,” he said.

Webster said that under state law, students are required to be in school 175 days. The RSU 24 school calendar, he said, is 177 days.

“They’ll all end up at the same time,” he said.


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