Brewer High School principal planning for disruptive renovation

Brewer High School front facade and site concept.
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Brewer High School front facade and site concept.
By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff
Posted Jan. 08, 2013, at 8:06 p.m.

BREWER, Maine — Brewer High School, which was built in 1958 and has been renovated seven times in the past five decades, will be given another $5.4 million facelift later this year that will disrupt operations when students return to school in the fall.

That is what Brewer High School Principal David Wall, who is working on a contingency plan with a team of school leaders, told the Brewer School Committee at Monday’s meeting.

“We’re already looking at things like where are we going to move the administrative offices and guidance [and the] logistics of serving lunch,” he said. “We will not have a kitchen next year. How are we going to feed our students and where are we going to feed our students?”

“Can we hold basketball games in our gym with the front lobby cut off?” is another unanswered question that Wall told the panel must be answered in the near future so sports schedules can be completed.

Wall’s team also is working on “how students will get from point A to point B,” Superintendent Daniel Lee said. A timetable for the project is in the works, as are plans for dealing with construction-related problems, he said.

The Brewer School Department was awarded a $5.4 million Quality School Construction bond for the high school through the Maine Department of Education, and got residents’ overwhelming approval to accept the funds during a referendum in October.

The interest-free bond will be used to improve the front of Brewer High School, creating one main entrance and improving security; add a 100-seat lecture hall; move administrative offices; improve the capacity and look of the cafeteria; renovate bathrooms near the gym; and add a bus lane that connects with Acme Road.

The school department has hired WBRC Architects and Engineers and hopes to hire a construction firm in the next 60 days, Lee said.

Brewer also has applied for a second round of Quality School Construction funds, the superintendent told the school board.

“I hope we get that approval,” Lee said. “If the state gave us additional Quality School Construction money, [it] would be used for classrooms and other parts of the building that won’t be touched” by the current project.

The renovation work at the high school is scheduled to begin in June 2013 and be completed in the spring of 2014.

“My aim, my goal, is to share with you in March our plan for construction,” Wall told the school board.

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