NEW! Video Archive

posted Jun 10, 2019, 11:17 AM by Ryan Palmer

Our new "Video Archive" page on this site allows users to view videos from the beginning of the new MTA Building Project to the present.You should see the link to the new page on a tab between "Meeting Calendars" and "FAQ". Please see the image below:

Site/Tree Work at MTA

posted Jun 3, 2019, 4:53 AM by Ryan Palmer

From Donna Brunette's Newsletter:

In the last couple of newsletters I have shared with all of you that there will be a significant amount of site work done this summer around the current high school when school is not in session.  In order to prepare for this site work there is a need to do some clearing of trees in areas being developed around the front of the school, back entrance to school, and on Republic Avenue.  I know that the removal of trees is necessary for the next phase of the building project; I also know the changing landscape will cause an emotional response so I hope this communication will help prepare people for the necessary tree cutting.

The trees that will need to be removed at this phase of the construction project are located near the staff parking areas closest to Republic Avenue and the softball field.  If you look into the wooded area near these parking spaces, you can see blue plastic ribbon marking the site for cutting.  Additionally, the red maple tree which stands at the side of the school building close to this area before the turn onto Republic Avenue will need to be taken down in this phase.

The plan is to begin the cutting and removal of trees next week on Wednesday, June 5th.  The cutting of trees will be done in a timely manner with limited impacts on teaching and learning.  The timing of cutting will also be planned to have a limited impact on staff parking and times when traffic is heavy.  Coles Tree Service, the same company that removed trees last year, did an exceptional job working with our schedule to limit impacts on the school day.

In support of this work, I would ask that people take extra precautions (drivers, bikers, and walkers) and plan for possible delays or alternative routes in the area where the trees are being removed.

Thank you for your cooperation.  If you have questions or concerns, please contact me.


Donna F. Brunette, Principal

Mt. Ararat High School

(207) 729-2951 X 208

Students Design New MTA High School Flag

posted May 3, 2019, 8:50 AM by Ryan Palmer

At the April 11, 2019 MSAD #75 School Board Meeting, the Board unanimously approved the Mt. Ararat High School Building Committee’s recommendation to approve the student designed flag and the its fabrication. The flag will fly above the new Mt. Ararat High School construction site alongside the flag of general contractor Arthur C Dudley. The Student Advisory Sub-
Committee of the Building Committee launched a student contest for the design of the flag. The winning design is a collaborative project created by Mt. Ararat Middle School Students Belle Hemond, Jackson Byrne and Gabby Chase. Pictured from the left are, 7th grade Gabrielle Chase, 8th Grader Belle Hemond, 12th grader Emily Robbins and 8th grader Jackson Byrne. Emily is the student representative serving on the MTA High School Building Committee, has been an active member of the Student Advisory Sub-Committee, and has facilitated the process for the student designed flag.

Furnishings Committee Formed and Meeting

posted Feb 26, 2019, 4:47 AM by Ryan Palmer

The Furnishing Committee is comprised of the MTA principal, custodial staff, teaching staff, the business manager, and PDT staff. The Committee is researching types of furniture to support an optimal learning environment. Also being reviewed is necessary cleaning equipment for the new school, the portability of furniture, and general functionality of the furniture. The Committee is gathering feedback from students and staff about potential furnishings and hopes to visit other schools that have purchased new furniture to assess the wear and tear and overall function of potential furniture choices. The goal is to pilot potential furniture options to aid the decision-making process and the plan is to gather a list of goods and prices for state review by March.

Pave the Way to Your Field of Dreams

posted Jan 8, 2019, 6:41 AM by Ryan Palmer   [ updated Apr 30, 2019, 9:10 AM ] are now accepting your orders for commemorative bricks that will that will be placed on the pathway near the new baseball field. Help tell your part in the history of Mt Ararat Baseball. 
Click here to reserve your brick now for $100 per brick.

Local Artists Commissioned for New High School

posted Jan 4, 2019, 7:52 AM by Ryan Palmer

The Building Committee and the MSAD #75 School Board have approved four local artists to complete works of art for the new high school. Elizabeth Atterbury and Anna Hepler have been commissioned to create a ceramic tile mural based on Native American textile design.  Lyn Dowd will construct an eagle sculpture using organic material found in the four towns of Bowdoin, Bowdoinham, Harpswell and Topsham.  Richard Keen has been commissioned to paint an 8' x 8' mural for the dining commons.  All artwork will be completed for a cost of $42,000 and will be placed in high visibility areas such as the learning commons, dining commons and/or entryway areas. To learn more about the Percent for Art Program, view the April 2nd Percent for Artposting here.

High School Construction Project Proceeding On Budget

posted Dec 4, 2018, 9:40 AM by Ryan Palmer   [ updated Dec 4, 2018, 9:44 AM ]

Construction of the new High School is well under way, and the project remains on budget.  The robust pace of construction is evident in invoicing of over $1 million each month for work completed by the contractor.

The project budget of $58.6 million includes a contingency fund of approximately $2.3 million to address construction change orders as a result of unanticipated conditions – such as the need to remove unsuitable soils under the new access road – or additional costs occurring from design oversights which can be anticipated in any construction project of this size.

Fortunately there have been few surprises, unanticipated conditions or oversights as the project has come out of the ground and the contractor continues his review of construction details.  For example, at the end of September construction was 8.4% complete, yet less than 1% of the contingency budget had been expended.  This is indeed good news. Below is the current Project Tracking Budget as of November 30, 2018.

Landscaping Committee Formed by Volunteers

posted Nov 26, 2018, 4:53 AM by Ryan Palmer

Many community members have been actively engaged in lending their interest, time and expertise to the planning and design of the new Mt. Ararat High School. The Board of Directors continues to support this approach with the recent appointment of a Landscaping Subcommittee following a call for community volunteers. The five members of the Subcommittee include Jane Scease, David Johnson, Jr., Becca Norklun, Martha Simpson, and Joyce Thomas.

The charge for this Subcommittee is to work with the Architect to develop landscaping plans within the Project’s budget allowance for high-visibility areas of the new site, such as the main entrance and gymnasium entrance. These plans will then be brought forward for approval to the Building Committee.

The involvement of our community in building the new High School will strengthen the success of the building project, and the Board of Directors appreciates the support of our many volunteers. 

New Baseball Field Update

posted Nov 1, 2018, 6:28 AM by Ryan Palmer

The creation of a new baseball and multi-purpose field was one of the first visible signs that our Mt. Ararat High School project was underway.  Though we had originally hoped to be playing on them next spring, a lengthy process to reconstruct utility lines as well as a very poor growing season this summer have caused us to delay that for a year.  In the end, the grass did not grow to our satisfaction in time for play in the spring of 2019. Our intention has always been to have a field that is fantastic for our athletes, enjoyable for spectators, and an all around proud accomplishment of the district.  We’ll need a bit more time for all of this to still come true.

In the meantime, let’s remind everyone what we’re planning for in the development of the new baseball field:
  • Concrete block dugouts
  • A home run fence with possible “high wall” features for key advertising signs
  • A new baseball scoreboard
  • A beautiful student-designed and built flagpole incorporated into the outfield landscape
  • A variety of seating areas to enable spectators to enjoy games
  • Warm-up mounds for both home and visiting teams

Similar to other sports, our Athletics Department will make arrangements for baseball practice and games at other area facilities for the 2019 season.  We have wonderful neighbors who are willing to partner with us and enable our athletes to have great experiences in the interim.

We have a number of dedicated parents, staff and community members committed to having an excellent athletic field when it’s done.  We thank them for their ideas, hours, and contributions.  As a result, our students will soon have a wonderful set of new fields to play on. 

Construction Oversight at MTAHS

posted Sep 13, 2018, 7:08 AM by Ryan Palmer

Mt. Ararat High School Construction

Project Oversight

By Daniel Chuhta, Interim Superintendent

A construction project this large requires the involvement of many individuals.  In regard to oversight, representation from the District (Interim Superintendent, Business Manager, Facilities Director, and the Building Committee Chairperson), PDT (the architectural firm), Arthur C. Dudley (the General Contractor), the Maine Department of Education, and the Clerk of the Works (hired by the Architect to be onsite daily) meets twice each month to review progress, discuss next steps, and address questions and/or concerns.  In addition, the District’s team meets every other week with representatives from PDT as well as the Clerk of the Works.

Beyond the daily duties of the Clerk of the Works, regular visits from the Maine Department of Education, and daily visits of the Facilities Director, multiple engineering firms are also responsible for ongoing field testing.  Recently, S.W. Cole Engineering has been providing on-site testing of soil and ground materials, and R.W. Gillespie has been providing testing of the concrete. In the future, mechanical and structural testing will occur as the building begins to rise up from the ground.  All together, each step in the project is monitored for quality assurance and adherence to the specifications.

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