MSAD 54 Building Project

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State Funded Elementary Building Project

Public Input Survey: Elementary Building Project

MSAD 54 and Stephen Blatt Architects (SBA) are seeking public input in the concept design of our state funded elementary school project. This building, which will combine the three in-town Skowhegan schools with grades 3-5 from Canaan Elementary, is scheduled to open for students in August of 2025. As part of the process SBA has met and gathered feedback from staff in MSAD 54, and from the public in public forums in the spring of 2021, and most recently at a forum held on October 14th at the high school. The final public meeting is scheduled for October 28th via zoom. We encourage anyone, including those who were in attendance at our public events, to take a moment to provide additional feedback using the following google form: https://forms.gle/5Nu9wpRmFcs9VkWQ9

Upcoming Meetings

Wednesday, February 2, 2021 - Building Committee Meeting

The next MSAD 54 building committee meeting is scheduled to be held on Wednesday, February 2nd at 6:00 at the Skowhegan Area Middle School Library. 


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Skowhegan district designing new elementary school to open in 2025


Good afternoon,

On Thursday, October 14th, Architects Stephen Blatt and Doug Breer will be on site at the Skowhegan Area High School Auditorium, to talk about MSAD 54's State Funded New Elementary School.

The goal of this public meeting is to provide an update on the project and its progress (since state approval in 2019), and for the architects to have a dialogue with the community about what we want in our new elementary school.  The project, whose details can be found on the district website, anticipates completion of the new elementary school in the fall of 2025.  Architects Blatt and Breer have experience in the district, having designed and built both the Skowhegan Area Middle School and the Mill Stream Elementary School.  

An additional public meeting/discussion will be held on October 28th via Zoom.

It is very important to us that our community voices help shape both the design and function of the new elementary school.  We encourage you to join us in the auditorium tomorrow night for the conversation with the architects.

Tomorrow evening a survey link will be added to our website for community members to share their ideas and feedback on the building project.

Should you have questions about the building project or process don't hesitate to reach out to us at school at 474-9508.

Thank you,
MSAD 54


MSAD 54 Building Project - Public Meetings

As I’m sure you know by now, MSAD 54 is well on its way toward having a new elementary school in 2025. The project, which began in 2017 with our application to the state, is progressing nicely along the state timeline for school construction. In July the State Board of education approved the Margaret Chase Smith School site as the site for our new school. Over the spring and into the start of the school year we’ve been working on educational specifications for the building and are entering the Concept Design phase of the process (see the chart).

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July 14, 2021

Building Project Wins Approval by State Board of Education

MSAD 54 Superintendent Jonathan Moody met with the State Board of Education on July 14th. The committee unanimously supported approval of the Margaret Chase Smith Site for MSAD 54's building project and approved the process to move forward. For a complete view of the DOE building process visit: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1oVXPMm64qdNeQ6_jwRhzD66JM4PrFKTD/view

For agenda and minutes visit: https://www.maine.gov/doe/about/leadership/stateboard/meetings/upcoming…

DOE Exhibit: https://www.maine.gov/doe/sites/maine.gov.doe/files/inline-files/RSU54%…

The next MSAD 54 Building Committee meeting is slated for August 18th, at 6:00 in the SAMS Cafeteria.


June 26, 2021

DOE Construction Committee Supports Margaret Chase Smith Site for MSAD 54's State Funded Building Project

MSAD 54 Superintendent Jonathan Moody and Support Services Manager David Leavitt were joined by engineer Andy Johnston of Atlantic Resource Consultants, and Architect Pat Carroll of Carroll Associates Landscape Architects in a meeting with the State School Construction Committee. The team presented MSAD 54's project and answered questions from the committee. The Committee unanimously supported the MSAD 54 Project Site Selection of the Margaret Chase Smith School site and commended the district for their work. The next step in the process is to meet with the State Board of Education on July 14th.

For full committee minutes visit: https://www.maine.gov/doe/about/leadership/stateboard/construction

DOE Exhibit: https://www.maine.gov/doe/sites/maine.gov.doe/files/inline-files/RSU54%…


RSU 54/MSAD 54 ELEMENTARY BUILDING PROJECT SITE SELECTION
PUBLIC INFORMATIONAL MEETING FOR AREA RESIDENTS

Date: Monday, May 10th
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Margaret Chase Smith School Gymnasium

Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/92279711867?pwd=bjJPU21aa2hwY0tVVS8rTGIvNnYzQT09
Meeting ID: 922 7971 1867
Passcode: 636882

This is an in-person meeting, but will include a Zoom option to be posted to the district website prior to the meeting on May 10th. 

In 2019, the state released an updated major capital school construction priority list. Of the 74 schools rated by the state, MSAD 54 had 5 schools identified:

  • North Elementary (#2)
  • Bloomfield Elementary (#23)
  • Canaan Elementary (#24)
  • Skowhegan Area High School/Somerset Career & Technical Center (#31)
  • Margaret Chase Smith School (#45)

The MSAD 54 Building Committee has followed the recommendation from Steven Blatt Architects and the state in pursuing a consolidated elementary school that will address the needs of the district for many years to come. This meeting will answer questions about the site selection process, including questions about the MCSS site. Future meetings in the fall and winter of 2021/2022 will focus on academics and programming.

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Past Meetings

November 17, 2021  - 6:00pm @ Mill Stream Elementary School
Public meeting on MSAD 54's Building Project with Architects Stephen Blatt and Doug Breer  

October 28, 2021 - 6:00pm on Zoom
Public meeting on MSAD 54's Building Project with Architects Stephen Blatt and Doug Breer
The goal of these public meetings is to inform and engage stakeholders early in the design phase of the new state-funded elementary school project. This is an opportunity for members of the public to offer insight and ideas, and to identify community priorities. This public input and community involvement is essential to a successful, collaborative design process, and the creation of a wonderful new school facility.

October 14, 2021  - 6:00pm @ Skowhegan Area High School Auditorium
Public meeting on MSAD 54's Building Project with Architects Stephen Blatt and Doug Breer  

September 22, 2021 - Building Committee Meeting, 6:00pm at the Skowhegan Area Middle School. View agenda »

July 14, 2021 - State Board of Education Meeting, 1:00pm. For info visit: https://www.maine.gov/doe/about/leadership/stateboard

June 25, 2021 - DOE Construction Committee, 1:00pm. For info visit: https://www.maine.gov/doe/about/leadership/stateboard/construction