CARIBOU, Maine - State and local dignitaries joined community members in celebrating a project that's been years in the planning. Among those in attendance was Mayor David Martin. He says a key element of how the school turns out depends on a referendum vote next month.
"The referendum includes the $4.8 million extra, and part of that referendum would be tearing down Teague Park School. So I don't know what we'd do if we couldn't do that."
He says those funds will be used for a boiler to heat the facility, furniture and other necessities. But taxpayers need not worry about where the money's coming from.
"There's no such thing as free money, but this one comes with no strings attached, no additional tax input from the community."
A long-time educator, Martin says the benefits of the new school are both educational and economic in nature.
"We're really hopeful that if someone is new to the area, and they see what we have in Caribou - you know, we have great facilities - I would hope that they'd choose this community to live in."
Helping break ground were several area students and their families. Among those were Todd Albert and his daughter, Marlowe, who'll be among the first class to start their education at the new school.
"She would be in pre-school when the new school starts, so this is kind of a special event to come to the ceremony and see where her new school will be."
Residents are encouraged to turn out for the referendum vote, which is slated for September 6th at the Wellness Center.