Many cite better gas mileage, hybrid and electric vehicles for the dwindling Highway Fund. The big culprit is much simpler.
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.
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.
Financing public education at that level will be a challenge in two years. Backtracking won’t be easy, either.
A group of Maine philanthropists demonstrates climate leadership.