Contractors begin work on new RSU 39 administration building

7 years ago

CARIBOU, Maine — While Caribou’s new $50 million elementary school won’t be built until 2020, contractors are beginning work on an RSU 39 administrative building. 

The $524,723 project was awarded to J.P. Martin and Sons, who will be building it with the help of local subcontractors, according to RSU 39 Business Manager Mark Bouchard.  All costs for the project are funded via the Maine Department of Education, and construction is scheduled to be completed by late November.

Groundwork has begun on the site of the administration building adjacent to the pool on Glenn Street and near Teague Park where the new school will be erected.

The overall project involves demolishing the Caribou Learning Center and Middle School. Teague Park will no longer exist and in addition, Hilltop Elementary School has been closed and will be transitioned into a senior living center.

Like the construction, all demolition costs are covered by the Maine DOE. However, since the superintendent’s office is part of the Learning Center building, the new facility is slated to simultaneously open with the Learning Center’s closure.
Bouchard said that, while the Learning Center is slated for closure in November, it will not be demolished until officials are certain the Adult and Alternative Education programs can be relocated temporarily to the Caribou High School Vocational Center.