Region 8 was established by the Legislature on December 6, 1973. Regional Career and Technical schools were created to offer “vocational” courses to high school students in a cost effective method. On January 22, 1975, the Region 8 board voted to purchase the Knox Industrial Facility – the current location of Mid-Coast School of Technology. The voters then passed a bond in May, 1975 for $1.4 million to purchase and renovate the boat-building facility. No major renovations have occurred since the school was opened to students in September, 1977. A recent facilities study, commissioned by the Region 8 Board, has emphasized the urgent need to replace our existing building.