The Star-Herald

SAD 1 plan would leave Mapleton school intact

Mapleton Elementary School was the site last week of the first of three public hearings for SAD 1’s bond referendum for balancing schools in the district.  

With over 30 residents in attendance, District Superintendent Brian Carpenter and Business Manager Clint Deschene gave a presentation on the bond referendum to be voted on November 6.  They stated there would no substantial change for Mapleton Elementary School in the coming repurposing of the schools in the district. The bond referendum would allow for some additional repairs and upgrades at the school, but majority of changes would occur to the schools in Presque Isle.  

The major changes would be closure of Pine Street and Zippel elementary schools and construction of an addition to Presque Isle Middle School.  With this addition, the middle school would become a PreK to grade 8 school. Mapleton Elementary would remain as a PreK to grade 5 school. Presque Isle High School would see some necessary repairs.  

The district would see cost savings as it moves from operating five schools to operating only three. Officials projected the savings over the 15-year bond period at just under $3 million.  There will be a slight mill rate increase for the first five years, with a substantial drop in the sixth year as buildings close and the district pays off bond indebtedness.

More information is available online at  Both Carpenter and Deschene said they are available to respond to questions regarding the referendum.

There will be one more public hearing at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 29, at the Presque Isle Middle School auditorium.  The public is welcome to attend.

Club’s new year

The Chapman Ridge Runners Snowmobile Club will start their new year tonight, Oct. 10, with an Informational meeting for all members followed by a directors’ meeting.  

Members will spend time planning their public baked potato and dessert supper scheduled for Oct. 19 from 4:30-6 p.m.  Additionally initial planning will start for the landowners’ turkey supper scheduled for November.

Also, on Oct. 27, the cub will host their annual craft fair at the Mapleton Lions Hall.  Donations are needed for the fair.

Another weekly activity starting in October running through May is a crafting/quilting group.  They will meet Wednesdays starting at 9 a.m. and ending at 2 p.m. at the clubhouse. If you are interested in attending, you may contact Linda Pelletier at 762-3741.

The Club encourages 2017-2018 members to renew their memberships for the coming year.  New club membership is available to anyone wishing to join and support the activities of the club.  For more information regarding this coming year’s calendar of activities and events or membership, feel free to contact Sue Maynard at 764-1236.

Terry Sandusky is the Star-Herald correspondent for Mapleton, Chapman and Castle Hill and can be reached at 764-4916 or at

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