Construction of SAD 46 school nearly complete

Posted March 04, 2010, at 9:16 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 12:04 p.m.

DEXTER, Maine — The newly named Ridge View Community School is expected to be completed before April 30, SAD 46 directors learned Wednesday.

SAD 46 Superintendent Kevin Jordan told directors that Langford and Low Inc. of Portland, the contractor, expects to have all the work completed by then for the new pre-kindergarten through grade eight school.

Directors this week authorized the maintenance department to relocate the superintendent’s office, special education office and technology office to the new school on Fern Road as soon as practical. The remainder of the school equipment will be relocated after the close of school. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for Aug. 7.

Also on Wednesday, directors viewed sketches of the proposed signs that will be erected at the school entrance and on the school. A 4-inch granite sign at the entrance will bear the name of the school and of the sending towns of Ripley, Dexter, Garland and Exeter. The word “Ridge,” which represents the first letters of each of the four communities, will be highlighted on the sign, as will the first letters in the names of the communities. The exterior sign mounted on the school will be 12 inches high and made of polished metal, Jordan said.

A committee is looking into art to be installed for public display in the school. One percent of all state-funded building construction projects must be used for artwork in the new buildings by state law. Toward that end, Director Steven Foster strongly urged the committee to spend the approximately $50,000 wisely and to bring something back everyone could be proud of.

In other business, directors accepted the resignation of Julianna Richard, principal of the Dexter Middle School and Exeter Consolidated School, at the end of the school year.

Board chairman John Parola thanked Richard for her “tireless work” and her “leadership and knowledge,” which he said were instrumental in keeping the new school project going.

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