Students Attend Groundbreaking For New Nokomis School

NEWPORT, Maine (WABI) - "The class of 2020, we're going to come back here and we are going to make the most important memories of our lives, together, on these grounds as Warriors."

It's been ten years in the making, and in just two more years the doors will open on the new Nokomis Middle-High School.

A process some school officials say may have started out as a long process, but has really picked up speed.

Board Chair of RSU 19, Christopher Easton said, "We got the approval, we opened the bids, the next day Nickerson & O'Day were saying where can we park stuff."

The state-of-the-art energy-efficient facility will include grades 5 through 12.

Principal Mary Nadeau says the setup comes with many opportunities like mentoring, advanced learning opportunities and collaborative efforts that can happen all under one roof.

Nadeau said, "It's just going to be a matter of walking to the other side of the building so I'm exciting to see what happens and the great things we do."

A project the students will be part of.

Austin Harris, a sixth grader said, "I think it's going to be cool because you're watching something being built that you're going into."

With the last step being demolition of the old school to make way for a new soccer field. A big change some say is a bit bittersweet.

Superintendent, Mike hammer said, "This is the culmination of a positive that we can look forward to, not looking back, change the message that it's all about students."

"It's a memorable moment because we're helping build the school for future kids and ourselves." Said, Harris.

"Students deserve the best building and they're going to get a great facility to go to school and so I'm excited about that and I agree with Austin. It's going to be memorable." Said, Nadeau.