EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine — Town leaders will meet Monday night to decide whether to allow residents to vote in a referendum on whether to fix the roof at Schenck High School for about $2.1 million.
The joint meeting between the East Millinocket School Committee and Board of Selectmen will occur at 4:45 p.m. at the Town Office. It will be preceded by a selectmen’s meeting at 4 p.m., officials said Monday.
Board Chairman Clint Linscott and Selectman Gary MacLeod supported the referendum proposal during a school board meeting March 5. Linscott said he hoped during Monday’s meeting to discuss the impact of the proposal on the town’s property tax rate. Those numbers have not yet been disclosed.
Linscott said he wanted voters to weigh the challenges against their desire to keep kindergarten through fourth-grade and ninth through 12th-grade students at Schenck, which houses Opal Myrick Elementary School within a wing of the building.
Those challenges include the declining population — school-age and general — of the Katahdin region, rising education costs, and the decline of state aid and the local tax base. AOS 66 Superintendent Quenten Clark has said that the town’s school population has declined 55 percent since 1995.
The $2.1 million option includes installing roof insulation, a new gymnasium floor, new emergency and exit lights and audio-visual fire alarms. It also includes repairing gym wall cracks as well as remodeling bathrooms and drinking fountains to meet the requirements of the Americans With Disabilities Act, according to a proposal from Lewis & Malm Architecture of Bucksport.
Under state law, the referendum must occur at least 45 days after the selectmen’s vote. Clark has said he expects it would occur in April.
Schenck High School serves East Millinocket, Medway and Woodville.