About the Secondary Schools Facilities Committee

"A learning facility to meet the changing needs of the children of South Portland"

The Charge from the School Board to the Committee was as follows:

New Business Item #5 from the Board of Education meeting minutes of September 13, 2004: Upon a Motion by Mr. Reuscher and seconded by Mr. Edwards, the Board voted to direct the Superintendent to form a Facilities Coimmittee for the purpose of assessing the current conditions of Mahoney Middle School, Memorial Middle School and South Portland High School to include the physical plants, capacity needs, and educational programming

Having largely completed the elementary school upgrades, the South Portland School Board directed the Superintendent to begin a study of the educational and facility needs for the middle and high schools. Like the elementary school projects, the process for the secondary schools would begin with a comprehensive investigation of the three schools and would lead eventually to recommendations to the School Board for improvements. In November 2004, the South Portland Secondary Schools Facilities Commitee began the work of tours of the existing buildings. The tours were led in each school by the principals and their facility managers to demonstrate the physical condition of each school and to measure how well they are meeting student educational needs.

The Committee devoted several meetings early in the process to obtain consensus on issues crucial to the success of the study including what facility shortcomings exist at each school, what were the key design problems, and what were the most important principles for guiding decision making. The time devoted to consensus building was very important so that the results of the study would spring from a common vision of each school's needs and opportunities.

Guiding School Design Strategies

  • Meet the current and future educational needs of each school.
  • Create very healthy environments for the students and teachers.
  • Be extremely flexible for changes in student population, educational practices, demographics, etc.
  • Reflect the Community's values.
  • Be very cost effective.