Maine University officials are urging voters to support a 15-and-a-half million dollar bond on the November ballot to upgrade the schools’ classrooms and labs. Two schools in Aroostook County would be affected. The Unviersity of Maine at Fort Kent, and the University of Maine at Presque Isle. Her’es how the bond would impact the UMPI Campus.
Question number 2 on the November 5th statewide ballot is for a bond targeted at education facilities in many departments. Each of the seven campuses in the University of Maine System would benefit from the bond. Of the 15.5 million dollars,The University of Maine at Presque Isle would get 1.2 million.
UMPI President Linda Schott says,
“we will use it primarily to upgrade our equipment and our facilities for our health science education, for biology, chemistry, environmental studies, geology…”
If the bond is approved, UMaine officials say it will not only improve education opportunities but create immediate construction jobs on campuses that plan to build new facilities or expansions. If the bond doesn’t get enough votes……
Schott says, ”eventually we would have to raise our fees for those courses to try to provide the equipment and the new technology that we need.”
The Umaine system has been trying to keep tuition low and they have been flat for the last several years.
Schott, ”you have to walk a fine line between keeping the cost of education down but also being able to provide the education that the students need when they graduate.”
Mainers will be voting on the bond November 5th, President Schott says she hope Mainers will vote in favor of enhancing education.
Other UMaine colleges would get upgrades as well. The University of Maine at Augusta would get $1.2 million to upgrade science and nursing labs while the University of Southern Maine would get $4 million for lab renovation just to name a few.