The Waitlist

Half of Maine’s public school buildings have exceeded their life expectancy or have documented structural problems that require major renovation. But retiring and rebuilding a school can take a decade or longer.

by | December 19, 2019

Principal Peter Harrison talks to a group of second grade students at the Young School in Saco before an assembly on Dec. 16. The school's multipurpose room serves three roles as the gym, cafeteria and gathering place for assemblies. The Young School moved into the temporary structure in 2004, on what was supposed to be a short stay, after its previous building was condemned and demolished due to undetermined environmental hazards. Photo by Samantha Hogan.

Samantha Hogan

Samantha Hogan

Samantha Hogan focuses on government accountability projects for The Maine Monitor. She joined The Maine Monitor as its first full-time reporter as a 2019 Report for America corps member, and spent 2020 reporting exclusively on Maine's court system through the ProPublica Local Reporting Network. Samantha previously worked for The Frederick News-Post, covering state politics, agriculture, the environment and energy, and interned twice for The Washington Post.