Bill to keep Maine Ocean School open heads to governor’s desk

Wed, 08/28/2019 - 1:00pm

AUGUSTA — Sen. Erin Herbig, D-Belfast, sponsored a bill that will keep open the Maine Ocean School in Searsport. The school recently became aware of a provision in statute that would force it to close in mid-September. The Maine Legislature passed the bill on Monday during its special session that will ensure the school stays open through the upcoming school year. 

“This school is doing amazing work for our kids,” said Senator Herbig, in a news release. “The inspiring students at the Maine Ocean School will grow up to lead Maine’s maritime economy. The long-term success of our marine economy will be shaped by the skills these students gain here.”

The Maine Ocean School is a public magnet high school that focuses on marine science, transportation, engineering and management.

Senator Herbig’s bill, LD 1849, “An Act Regarding the Laws Governing the Maine School for Marine Science, Technology, Transportation and Engineering,” would delay the sunset provision until 90 days after adjournment of the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature. The bill passed unanimously in both the Senate and House of Representatives. 

The bill now goes to the desk of Gov. Janet Mills, for her to either sign, veto, or hold.