Architect Ron Lamarre of Lavallee Brensinger explains the plans for the new high school to visitors Wednesday. (NATHAN STROUT / THE TIMES RECORD)

BATH — Site prep for Bath’s $74 million high school project is underway at the Wing Farm property, with construction of the new school expected to start in March of next year.

“Construction on the site started in July. They’re going to continue to develop the site to ready it for the building come March,” said Architect Ron Lamarre of Lavallee Brensinger. “And hopefully the building will be done and completed for a 2020 open.”

RSU 1 officials held a cookout at Wing Farm Wednesday afternoon before taking visitors on a tour of the site. Amid the whir of vehicles moving in and out of the site, Lamarre explained that crews are blasting out the ledge, crushing the rock, and transporting it off site. That process will continue through March.

“It’s been a two year journey up to this point, but we’ve had great community support, excellent participation on the committees that we’ve had working on this project all along, and I think we’re in the right place in terms of our schedule,” said RSU 1 School Board Chair Stephen August. “Everyone’s excited.”

“It’s a good feeling to get to this point with the site work,” said Superintendent Patrick Manuel. “I think it’s been pretty smooth.”

Voters in the four communities that make up RSU 1— Arrowsic, Bath, Woolwich and Phippsburg — approved issuing bonds up to $74.62 million to fund the project last November. Most of that cost will be picked up by the state, but local taxpayers will be responsible for $7.9 million, or 10.5 percent of the total cost.

The school has hired a fundraiser to offset that local cost. According to Manuel, the district has already raised $500,000 toward its $700,000 goal.

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Construction vehicles move crushed rock from the Wing Farm site to make room for the new high school in Bath. (NATHAN STROUT / THE TIMES RECORD)

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