BATH — Regional School Unit 1 is holding a public hearing on the upcoming Nov. 7 referendum question regarding the new high school construction project at 6 p.m. Monday, at Morse High School.

The question asks residents whether they favor authorizing RSU 1 to build a new Morse High School with a cost “not to exceed $75,328,311.” The local share will not exceed $7.9 million, of which $700,000 will be sourced through fundraising over 1 to 3 years. The total burden to local taxpayers would not exceed $7.2 million.

Based on $100,000 property valuation, an Arrowsic homeowner would see an additional $17.59 in taxes annually; Bath, $31.69 annually; Phippsburg, $13.87 annually; and Woolwich, $30.96 annually, if the referendum question is approved.

The subject of the public hearing itself will not cover the potential design of the building, but is instead focused narrowly on the referendum question itself. Opportunities for questions or comments on the design will be available in the coming months, if the referendum is passed.

The new Morse High School building would be constructed in a portion of the Wing Farm Business Park, located in Bath. An initial concept design of the new high school has already been approved by the Maine Board of Education.

For more information on the question or the building project, visit

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