Piscataquis Observer

SAD 41 seeking proposals for energy efficiency upgrades at Penquis Valley

Stuart Hedstrom • October 10, 2017

MILO — SAD 41 has been awarded a $2.1 million quality zone academy bond (QZAB) from the U.S. Department of Education, which has a 0 percent interest rate with the principal to be paid back in 25 years. Ideas discussed on how to utilize the funds have included converting the heating system at Penquis Valley from steam to hot water and making other energy-efficient upgrades.

Milo to apply for Derby Shops cleanup funding

Stuart Hedstrom • September 12, 2017

MILO — More than a year ago residents accepted the conveyance of the approximate 97-acre Derby Shops commercial railroad property on B&A Avenue. Citizens attending the June 2016 special town meeting also authorized the selectmen to apply for and accept any grants for cleaning up the property, which is the home of Central Maine & Quebec Railway and had been a part of the bankruptcy proceedings for the former Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway.

Principal transition underway at the Penquis Valley School

Stuart Hedstrom • September 8, 2017

MILO — The resignation of Penquis Valley High School/Middle School Principal Jeremy Bousquet was accepted and the nomination of new building principal Daniel Ross was accepted during a Sept. 6 meeting of the SAD 41 school board.

SeDoMoCha School students will be returning to the classroom soon

Stuart Hedstrom • August 7, 2017

DOVER-FOXCROFT — With pre-kindergarten through grade 8 students at the SeDoMoCha School scheduled to have their first day of classes on Tuesday, Aug. 29, the RSU 68 board of directors had its last meeting of the summer on Aug. 1 to prepare for the 2017-18 academic year and learn more about the summer lunch program which is running through Friday, Aug. 18.

$8.5M SAD 41 budget moved to Thursday referendum

Stuart Hedstrom • August 7, 2017

MILO — A proposed 2017-18 SAD 41 budget of $8,500,571 was approved with all 12 articles passing, without any discussion, over 17 minutes during a district budget meeting on Aug. 2 in the cafeteria at the Penquis Valley School. The $8.5 million total is now moved to a referendum in the district towns of Atkinson, Brownville, LaGrange, and Milo on Thursday, Aug. 10 for a “yes” or “no” vote.

SAD 41 directors authorize $474,000 funding package for Penquis Valley upgrades

Stuart Hedstrom • August 7, 2017

MILO — In June SAD 41 residents — via a vote of 179 to 135 across the four district communities — approved an approximate $474,000 loan from Maine’s school revolving renovation fund for sprinkler and elevator upgrades at the Penquis Valley School. Under the program the state covers 70 percent of the costs, meaning a little more than $142,000 would be paid back by the district over five years at zero percent interest.

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