District 207 is inviting the entire community to hear about the referendum … from the comfort of home! The district is hosting a YouTube live event where superintendent Dr. Ken Wallace will present information and then take questions from the audience in attendance online. It is set for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 17. Anyone may join by visiting: https://tinyurl.com/207youtube.
“While we have hosted many school tours, held community presentations at Maine East, Maine South and Maine West, and attended numerous community events, we know it can be difficult for community members to attend events,” Dr. Wallace says. “Therefore, we wanted to find a way to bring an interactive presentation to them.”
The presentation will run for approximately 20 minutes and be followed by a question and answer session for anyone attending the online event. In order to ask a question, attendees must have a Google-based email address. Anyone without a gmail account can send questions in advance to Director of Communications Brett Clark at [email protected].
The referendum question on the Nov. 6 ballot asks the community for permission to borrow $195 million in bonds to:
- Improve safety and security by constructing new front entrances at each high school with secure vestibules to prevent visitors from entering the buildings before being cleared by school personnel.
- Replace outdated plumbing, electrical and mechanical systems to extend the useful life of the existing buildings; reduce costly emergency repairs; and improve energy efficiency within the district.
- Install new fire suppression systems at all three high schools.
- Relocate and renovate special education spaces for students.
- Update classrooms and labs at all three high schools to create flexible learning spaces that promote collaboration.