March 22, 2019
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Sanford residents learn more about $100-million plan for new high school, arts center

SANFORD, Maine — Sanford voters learned more this week about a plan to build a new multimillion-dollar high school and technology center.

The school system has been working on the project to build a new high school for the past two years. The state will fund most of the project, but there will be some cost to taxpayers. The public learned more about those costs at Tuesday night’s public hearing. They will cast their vote on the project on Jan. 13.

Sanford Superintendent David Theoharides said the state will pay the total cost of the base project, which is a little more than $92 million. The taxpayers would then pay $7 million for things like a performing arts center, common areas, field lighting and other add-ons. Another $2 million would go to construct and equip those supplemental projects.

Theoharides said Sanford is seeing a growing population, creating overcrowding at the high school. He said they also have a need for more programs and resources for students.

The majority of the people who attended the meeting support the project, regardless of the cost.

“I have two kids in the district, I want my kids to go to a new school,” said Edward Cormier of Sanford. “And working in the shipyard, the jobs we have there are the things the kids are going to learn here in Sanford at the new school.”


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