Plan for modular buildings moves forward in Rockland area school district – Knox County VillageSoup

The Rockland Area School District is moving forward with plans to erect modular buildings at its high and middle school with money received from the federal government.

Regional School Unit 13 superintendent John McDonald said Friday, Dec.31, that the district had received approval from the Maine Department of Education for the projects. The district uses WRBC architectural engineers.

The offers are expected to be solicited within the next two weeks, McDonald said. The cost of the project will only be known once the offers have been received.

Oceanside College at Thomaston.

RSU 13 is receiving $ 8.6 million in federal COVID-19 grants that will be used for the modules, as well as other needs such as staffing.

Money must be spent on finding ways to fix the problems created by the pandemic and all the money must be spent by September 2024, with some to be spent before that.

The administration proposed the construction of three modular buildings. Two would be on the grounds of Oceanside High School in Rockland and one at Oceanside Middle School in Thomaston. The high school modules would be erected in the area where the skate park was located. The modular college would be located on the south side of the school (left side if facing the school from the front).

The two modular high schools would have six rooms. The modular college would have eight rooms.

The proposal was first unveiled in April 2021.

McDonald said the plan called for the modules to be in place for the start of the school year in September 2022. He said manufacturers said this should be possible despite current supply chain issues.

Even with the current easing of COVID-19 restrictions, the superintendent said the district wanted the ability to distribute students further.

In addition, the plan includes moving the alternative education program from South School High School to the high school campus. The adult education program, now located at McLain School, would also move to the high school campus. Special education programs can also use modular space.

The college’s modular building would be used for the college’s alternative education program. IT staff would also be assigned to it.

Once these moves have been made, the administration can move to the South School space.

This would allow the school district to turn McLain School over to the city. The city is considering possible uses for the McLain School, such as selling it for housing.

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