Sullivan students continue to wait to attend new state-of-the-art facility

SULLIVAN, Maine (WABI) – Most Maine students have already been back in school for two weeks, but RSU 24 students didn’t start until Monday, and for now, classes are being held remotely.

The new Charles M Sumner Learning Campus in Sullivan is not yet up to code, but the school district hopes it will soon welcome students for in-person learning in the new state-of-the-art facility.

The delay in opening the Charles M. Sumner Learning Campus stems from a water flow issue that is impacting the school’s ability to use the sprinkler system in the event of a fire.

“We are quite disappointed not to be able to enroll our children. I commend our parents and students for their patience. And, you know, it’s been a few weeks without school, but we’re excited because we’re seeing a finish line or at least the initial lap line that we can get back to school with our students,” said Michael Eastman. , Superintendent RSU 24.

As the district works to resolve the issues, the campus has a temporary occupancy certificate that says teachers are allowed inside, and they say they were impressed the moment they entered.

(MARIELLE EDGECOMB): “I felt respected, I had the impression that our children were respected. And when you walk into this building, you just get excited. When you walk through that door and see this space opening up, it’s phenomenal and it makes you feel like you’re an important part of this whole learning campus,” said teacher Marielle Edgecomb.

There is no fixed date yet when students can attend classes here.

“We will reassess on October 6. Hopefully we can bring in students this Tuesday after Columbus Day weekend. Ultimately, it’s the decision of the code enforcement officer for the city of Sullivan,” Eastman said.

But the faculty says this is the kind of facility that RSU 24 students deserve, and they look forward to welcoming those students whenever that day comes.

“We are full of that tiger pride, and the Charles Sumner Learning Campus will just continue and grow that tradition,” Edgecomb said.

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