This district, one of the largest school districts in Maine, comprises many rural villages. The district has a large modern high school, and K to 6 education is centered in community schools throughout the district. “Removing the elementary school from a rural community is like tearing the heart out of that community,” says superintendent, Mark Eastman.
After CAPACITY150COST PER SQ FT$150.00FEATURED IN2004 Architectural Portfolio planning meetings, these concepts for a new school emerged:
-A school called the “Hebron Station School” near the site of an old railroad station.
-An inviting central lobby (“solar system” ceiling).
-A fun, playful school (curved colored corridor walls).
-From the lobby, the gym, cafeteria, library and classrooms are secured separately.
-The community library was moved into the school.
-The building was made large enough to be visible from a distance—two floors on a higher elevation.
-Large classroom spaces, as well as project spaces for small groups, including a kitchen.
-A greenhouse space for teaching agriculture was provided in this agriculture-based community.
-A layout that allows for expansion.
-Mechanical equipment was made accessible inside.
The Hebron Station School is a testament to the dedication of the citizens of a small Maine town to the power of “the village” in raising their children.