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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, The Maine Monitor’s first full-time reporter, focuses on a range of government accountability projects. A 2019-2020 corps member for Report for America, she is spending this year reporting exclusively on Maine's court system through ProPublica's Local Reporting Network. Samantha previously worked for The Frederick (Md.) News-Post, covering state politics, agriculture, the environment and energy, and interned twice for The Washington Post. She lives with her cat Ida – named for the mother of investigative journalism, Ida Tarbell.

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