New School Design Reflects Sanford's Commitment to Education
PORTLAND, MA Lavallee Brensinger Architects is moving full speed ahead with the design of the new Sanford High School and Technical Center, set to open in fall 2018. The design of the new school is focused on four distinct career pathways: Arts and Communications, Science and Technology, Business and Management, and Health and Human Services. Each pathway is designed as a flexible, state-of-the-art, integrated center for education.
"We will be redesigning our traditional academic classes in each of these pathways to better meet the needs and interests of the students," said David Theoharides, Superintendent of Schools.
According to Theoharides, students will maintain the same graduation standards, but teachers will have the opportunity to teach those standards in a way that can be more meaningful and relevant to their students.
While Lavallee Brensinger finalizes engineering for these integrated career pathways, the high school and technical center continue to prepare to implement their student-focused educational vision, tying standard subject matter to student interest areas.
The project is the first of its kind in Maine in several ways including: educational philosophy, sheer size and number of towns it serves (18 Communities). Once complete, the facility will be nearly 330,000 square feet of new construction. Construction documents are planned to be complete by the end of the year, with bidding scheduled to start in February 2016. The school is on target for a fall 2018 opening.