Some schools along midcoast Maine have closed for the rest of the day because of the extreme heat.

The superintendent of Regional School Unit 13, serving the towns of Cushing, Owls Head, Rockland, South Thomaston, St. George and Thomaston, decided to dismiss students at midday. High school and middle school students were due to go home at 11:30 a.m., and the elementary school students were due to go home at 12:30 p.m.

RSU 13 is the product of consolidation of the former Maine School Administrative Districts 5 and 50.

Students were also dismissed early at Five Town CSD, SAD 28 and School Union 69, serving the towns of Camden, Rockport, Hope, Appleton and Lincolnvolle.

Judith Lucarelli, superintendent of RSU 13, said students were nearing the point of exhaustion this morning when she made the decision to send them home. The cinderblock school buildings retain heat, and only three of the unit’s 200 or so classrooms have air conditioning.
Lucarelli said the schools will likely hold classes on Thursday, but she will keep in close contact with principals.

“I don’t know what this means for tomorrow. The weather is supposed to be the same,” Lucarelli said. “We will make a decision as early in the day as we can.”