CARIBOU, Maine — The start of the school year in Aroostook isn’t quite the same for former students of the Solid Rock Academy who have found alternative means of education as they wait to see whether the faith-based school will reopen later this year.
Solid Rock Academy, which had just about 30 students at the end of school last year, previously was run by Pastor Myron Powell and Principal Jackie Farris in conjunction with the Solid Rock Worship Center, located on Fort Fairfield Road in Caribou. Both school leaders were reassigned earlier this summer after church officials decided not to reopen due to staffing changes and space constraints.
The school taught many children of the congregation and the general public alike, and the success of Solid Rock Academy students is one reason Kim Lowell decided to reopen the school.
“The academy will be moved to a different building and even though it will not have a direct connection with the Solid Rock Worship Center, everything is going to be run the same,” Lowell said.
Lowell and other advocates for the school are seeking a new building that better suits the needs of the students.
Many of the school’s former students already have continued their education through home-schooling or public education. But students can be re-tested when the school opens to ensure proper placement in the same Accelerated Christian Education curriculum that students of the previous academy excelled in, according to Lowell.
While details are still being completed, Lowell estimated that the academy will be open by early winter.
For information about the new Solid Rock Academy, call Lowell at 325-1016.