RUMFORD — Regional School Unit 10 officials hope to receive $500,000 to fund a wellness and fitness center at a school planned for Mexico, if the funding proposed by U.S. Senator Susan Collins, R- Maine, is approved by Congress.
Superintendent Deb Alden said Monday the district is excited about the possible funding.
The district is to raise $1.1 million for the wellness and fitness center project, Alden said.
RSU 10 officials also requested funding through U.S. Senator Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, and U.S. Representative Jared Golden, D-2nd District.
“We’ve heard that all of our legislators believe this is a very worthwhile project for our community in the western foothills,” Alden said, adding that district officials hope to get full funding for the project by now. spring 2023.
If funds are raised for the wellness and fitness center, it would be built into a planned new school in Mexico.
Students, staff and members of the public would use the wellness and fitness center, which would include space for community activities, including smoking cessation classes and weight loss support.
In June, voters in 10 RSU communities approved a new $91.8 million school for elementary and middle school students in Mexico and Rumford.
The new school is to serve students in kindergarten through eighth grade and house Child Development Services, which cares for children with disabilities, Alden said in June.
About 98% of the cost of the new school is to be paid for with subsidized bonds from the Maine Department of Education.
The school is planned for the site of Mountain Valley Middle School at 58 Highland Terrace and Meroby Elementary School at 21 Cross St., both in Mexico. This is to replace these schools and Rumford Elementary School.
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