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Published as a Public Service by REM, Convenor of Collaborative Community Enterprises Fall 2007

Excel in Education

Question 3 Needs Everyone's Support

By Barbara Woodlee

Question 3

Do you favor a $43,500,000 bond issue for interior and exterior building renovations, improvements and additions at all campuses of the Maine Community College System, the Maine Maritime Academy and the University of Maine System; to replenish the School Revolving Renovation Fund for school repairs and renovations; and to support capital improvements for cultural and educational assets such as museums, historical facilities and libraries?

If Question 3 is approved by voters on November 6, Kennebec Valley Community College will receive $3.03M of the proposed $43.5M bond issue. This allocation will enable the College to address a number of crucial projects.

The Frye Building will receive interior renovations, repairs and environmental system upgrades. The administrative area will be reconfigured in order to better utilize space and provide much needed improvements in air quality, heating and cooling systems. The boiler will be replaced along with obsolete environmental controls and insufficient distribution ducts. Additionally, air conditioning will be added to allow for year-round programming in our trades and technical laboratories located in the Whitney Wing.

The primary focus in King Hall will be to achieve better energy efficiency by replacing the exterior skin, upgrading windows, replacing heat pumps, relocating the cooling tower from the roof to ground level, improving HVAC controls and performing interior repairs to the structure.

Information technology resources at KVCC will be upgraded along with the replacement of obsolete specialized laboratory and classroom equipment.

Editor's Note: Barbara Woodlee is president of KVCC. The bond issue passed.