KENTS HILL — Kents Hill School formally dedicated its new $6.5 million Bibby and Harold Dining Commons on Sept. 23. The dining facility provides generous spaces, a college-style serving area, and views of the Western Mountains of Maine, according to a news release from the school.

A result of a $3.5 million matching grant from the Harold Alfond Foundation in April 2015 and many others, the 15,000-square-foot facility replaces a dining hall that was constructed in the late 1960s. Complete with seating for more than 350, the independent boarding and day school in Readfield has space to seat its entire school community of 225 students and 90 faculty and staff, according to the release.

The facility’s modern design, dominated by floor-to-ceiling glass and northwestern-facing windows, takes advantage of the school’s views from Sugarloaf Mountain to Mt. Washington. The interior features a two-story-tall dining room; a “scatter-style” serving area featuring a pizza oven and stations for salads, baked goods, international fare, hot meals and desserts; as well as an art gallery to display the school’s student and alumni works. There is a large patio and fire pit for outside activities.

Kents Hill School is an independent coeducational boarding and day school located in Kents Hill. Enrolling 225 students from 24 states and 20 countries, the school offers a broad curriculum of academics, athletics, and arts. The Learning Skills program at the Akin Learning Center is well known nationally for providing excellent individual support in a college preparatory curriculum.

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