SOUTH PORTLAND — The Board of Education has formed a building committee to finalize the concept for renovating and expanding South Portland High School.

The committee expects to finalize the design specifications by June. The committee, which will also oversee the construction and bid process, hopes to award bids in November.

Voters in November approved a $41.5 million bond for the project.

The committee includes representatives of the school board, administration, faculty, students, city councilors and other members of the community. A subcommittee will study aspects of the project including green/energy efficiency building, library/media center and technology, athletics, interior finishes, kitchen design and communications.

Board President Ralph Baxter Jr. said the diverse panel will work with the community to refine the project’s concept.

“Community feedback will be an important factor in making final design decisions for the project. We have already begun meeting with students and faculty for input and are reaching out to the community at-large for their assistance as well,” Baxter, who is also chairman of the building committee, said in a statement.

Residents interested in participating in a subcommittee should contact Maria Sorenson at 871-0555 or [email protected].  For more information about the subcommittee’s responsibilities and a calendar of meetings, go to