From Superintendent Jordan:
At approximately 9:45 AM this morning local authorities informed us that a bomb threat had been received specifically naming the Ridge View Community School. All students and staff were safely evacuated to Dexter Regional High School where parents were reunified with their children. A State Police canine bomb-sniffing unit performed an extensive search of the school and found nothing suspicious. The school will be in session tomorrow with an added Police presence. Thank you to all of the staff, students, and the Dexter Police Department for handling a very stressful situation in a calm professional manner.
A lot has been happening over the last month or so regarding the MSAD #46/SAD #4/MSAD #41/TCTC Regional Innovative Comprehensive High School Project. Here’s what’s happened, where things are, and where things are going.
The Part 2 application packet was submitted to the Department of Education in late December, 2017. The application then went to the project scoring team, part of the Department of Education, to review and score. There were three Part 2 applications that were officially submitted.
On February 14, 2018, Superintendent Kevin Jordan (MSAD #46/AOS #94) received the official letter from the Department of Education informing us of our score, as well as the 2017-2018 Final Priority List. On that list, our project ranked #3.
Once official notice was received about the our score and the Proposed Priority List, districts had a thirty-day window to issue an appeal (using the “Request for Administrative Review Form 2017-2018“), found on the Department of Education’s Major Capital School Construction site.
During that thirty-day window, administrators reviewed how the DOE scored our application, and there was a consensus belief that there was enough in question for an appeal to be filed. In early March, 2018, Superintendent Jordan submitted that appeal. You can read the full appeal document here: MSAD #46/SAD #4/MSAD #41/TCTC High School Project Official Appeal.
Once the appeal was received by the Department of Education, they have sixty-days to review the appeal documentation and return a formal decision about the appeal to us. We are currently waiting to hear back from the Department of Education regarding their decision related to our appeal.
As of right now, the process is in the hands of the Department of Education and the State Board of Education. They will decide the final priority list (rankings) of school projects, and decide on how many projects to fund. became available. We believe our project is strong and could have an immeasurably positive impact on the central Maine communities in this area, and we are committed to doing what we can to find ways to make this project work. We hope the Department of Education and State Board of Education sees the strength of our project and listens to our appeal, but the decision is now out of our hands.
Once we have more information, we will post it here and do our very best to keep you informed and up to date.
If you have any questions about the project, please use the form below to contact the team.