School committee to ask town for $3 million   

BAR HARBOR — On Monday, the Conners Emerson School Committee unanimously voted to advance a $3 million school bond for placement on November’s town meeting ballot.  

On Nov. 3, voters will have an opportunity to oppose or approve the bond that would begin a roughly $40 million renovation and construction project to Conners Emerson School. 

The brief discussion about the bond was led by committee member Marie Yarborough, along with Principal Barbara Neilly andSuperintendent Marc Gousse. 

In November of last year, committee members had discussed the nearly $40 million bond that would fund the  building project, which includes demolishing the Conners building, then fully renovating and adding an addition to the Emerson Building. 

In June, committee members seemed unsure if they could properly vet a bond proposal for the entire project in time for the November ballot. According to a previous reporting in the Islander, some members seemed interested in moving forward with further design work on the project, which would be in the ballpark of $2.5 million, before trying to pass the full bond request.  


*Correction: A previous version of this story contained errors regarding the building project and misidentified Marie Yarborough as board chair. 

Ninah Rein

Ninah Rein

Writer at Mount Desert Islander
Ninah Rein, an MDI native, covers news and features in the Bar Harbor area. She is glad to be back in Maine after earning a bachelor's degree in San Diego from the University of California.

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