WOOLWICH, Maine — Supporters of the new Woolwich Central School are offering an opportunity for folks to have their names cast in stone — or more specifically, brick — while funding items on a long list of unfunded needs at the same time.
For $100, which can be paid all at once or in four monthly installments, the RSU 1 school department is selling commemorative bricks that will be placed in a spiral walkway outside the school. The bricks will be engraved with virtually anything the buyer wants, from a special message to the names of alumni, students or teachers at the school.
Sabrina Doak, who serves as the district’s owner’s representative on the ongoing construction project, said sales of the bricks are picking up but far more need to be sold to cover the cost of numerous items that are not funded along with the rest of the $16.2 million project. Construction at 137 Nequasset Road is set to be complete in the spring and the first students will attend the school in September 2012.
“Even though the state supports this project and has given a lot of money to make things happen, there are several items we want for the school that they do not supply,” said Doak. “A lot of it is small items, but it’s really adding up.”
Among those items are a second scoreboard for the gymnasium so more than one sports event can take place at a time, an electronic road sign that will allow the district to post information for the community, a variety of furniture, science laboratory equipment, bleachers for outside sports fields and a slew of other items that add up to more than $50,000.
“The main thing we’re trying to capture is that this is a commemorative brick campaign,” said Doak. “It’s a way to document something or to be remembered for a very long time.”
The new Woolwich Central School, which serves students in kindergarten through eighth grade, is nearing completion but Doak said she and others began advocating for the project about 18 years ago.
“It’s a tremendously exciting project,” she said. “There are a lot of people looking forward to it opening.”
The new school will incorporate the latest technology in both classrooms and in utilities infrastructure. Students and teachers will have use of new technology called “smart boards,” an update to chalkboards which sends scribbles directly into a computer and is projected onto a screen. Each classroom will receive natural daylight from a network of tubes that will pipe it in from the roof. The days of students sitting in back rows struggling to hear what the teacher says will be resigned to history because of amplification and speaker systems in each classroom. The whole school will be heated with a wood chip-fired boiler which Doak said will reduce the district’s energy costs.
According to Debra Clark, a finance specialist for the district, the entire project will cost $16,216,492, of which about $566,500 is being borne through the RSU 1 budget. RSU 1 serves the municipalities of Woolwich, West Bath, Bath, Phippsburg and Arrowsic.
Orders for commemorative bricks are due by Feb. 28, 2012, and they will be installed in April. The bricks will be “Spanish red” with black-filled lettering and can accommodate three lines of up to 18 characters per line. To order online visit the school’s website at www.woolwich.rsu1.org or contact Doak for more information by calling 443-2786 or emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.