On Togus Road near Augusta, Maine, you'll notice cows in the fields and boats in yards and the generous amount of space between houses. Heading north from Chelsea toward Togus along a lightly populated stretch of forested road there comes a clearing where a new $14.5 million K-8 school is rising alongside an old school where generations learned their ABCs.
"It's going to be awesome, it's going to be great," said Belinda Waterhouse, finance manager of Sheepscot Valley Regional School Unit No. 12. "The school that it's replacing is really dated and dark and dingy, and it's going to be just a whole new lifeline for them, just a shot in the arm."