Athletic equipment is being moved into the new storage and restroom building at Mount Desert Island High School. ISLANDER PHOTO BY DICK BROOM

School’s new storage, restroom building ready

BAR HARBOR — The new building near the football field at Mount Desert Island High School that includes restrooms and storage space for sports equipment is finished.

“This was sorely needed to protect the investments we have in the equipment,” said Marc Gousse, superintendent of the Mount Desert Island Regional School System.

Previously, the equipment, such as pole vault mats, was stored in a rented trailer and a wooden shed that was not impervious to mice.

Construction delays caused the building to be completed several months behind schedule. The original concrete apron around the exterior had to be replaced because it did not meet specifications. And after the project was underway, school officials decided to have a wider area paved with asphalt to prevent drainage problems.

The new building’s two restrooms mean the high school will no longer have to rent portable toilets for people attending most sporting events.

Solar panels on the roof generate electricity for the 40-by-40-foot building, which was constructed at a cost of around $400,000.

Asked his thoughts on the new building, Athletic Director Bunky Dow said, “Excited. Very nice. Well done.”


Dick Broom

Dick Broom

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. [email protected]

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