CAMDEN, Maine — The Camden-Rockport school district will survey the community this spring over what it wants for the district’s middle school.
The School Administrative District 28 Board decided Wednesday night to undertake the survey following the Feb. 10 rejection by Camden and Rockport voters of a $28 million bond issue to build a new school. The ballot question failed 946-668.
Superintendent Elaine Nutter said Thursday that the district will search for someone with expertise in surveys to conduct the poll. She said the district also wants someone who is impartial on the issue so that the questions will be worded without bias.
The superintendent said it is important for the board to have information so it can plan on whether the existing Camden-Rockport Middle School will be in use for five years, 10 years or more.
In the meantime, the proposed 2015-16 budget includes $440,000 for work on the existing building. Nutter said the school has a leaky roof, no ventilation in several classrooms and a 44-year-old elevator.
The superintendent said the board also wants to improve its outreach in the community, particularly with the select boards of Camden and Rockport.
“We don’t want a repeat,” Nutter said of the Camden Select Board urging residents to reject the referendum supported by the school board.
Nutter said the district wants to get the survey done as soon as possible. She expects it will cost a few thousand dollars.