Superintendent's Welcome!

February 18, 2021
 
 
Greetings from RSU #24,
 
I hope that this update finds you well. It is hard to believe that we are already looking at the end of February.   
 
In reflecting on the school year to this point, I would be remiss if I didn't give a huge shoutout to the many people working for the district that are making education possible this year for our students. Everyone of our employees is going the extra mile to make sure that are buildings are safe and that our students have what they need to learn. This year has required an amazing effort on the part of MANY people across the district. Major kudos to our school nurses, as they have been instrumental in our COVID response throughout the year. Collectively, the hard work, sacrifice, and commitment to our students has been admirable and greatly appreciated.  
 
Steel is here! The Charles M. Sumner Learning Campus has steel beams erected in what will be the gym area. It is a milestone for the project and we will see the new school start to take shape in the months ahead. In addition, the RSU #24 Board of Directors voted on the administrative structure at the new school. We will have one principal and two assistant principals for our students in grades 6-12. One assistant principal will be responsible for the academics and discipline while the other assistant principal will assist in the regular operations of the building with a large part of the time spent on athletics. We will start with the transition planning necessary to bring our middle school students from our four K-8 buildings into a building with our high school students AND to prepare our K-8 buildings for the new structure of K-5. I hope that all makes sense, as there is a lot to consider! Stay tuned for further updates in the coming months.
 
The Friends of Sumner's Future fundraising committee continues to work on raising money for various parts of the project that are not covered by the state. There have been a number of requests for room sponsorships in the new building and conversations are ongoing with several businesses and potential large donors toward the project. If you or someone you know is interested in donating to the new project, please don't hesitate to contact Megan Moshier, the chair of the committee, at meganalleymoshier@gmail.com OR me at meastman@rsu24.org. Please check our website at rsu24.org for updates on the building project.
 
We begin the budget review process on February 24th. These meetings are open to the public and at this point, we are planning for the meetings to be held online using the Zoom platform. The Zoom link and supporting budget materials can be found on our website. At this point, it appears that our state subsidy will be down by about $358,000. This is the result of the pandemic's impact on our student enrollment in the district.  A reminder that our Budget Workshops are scheduled for February 24, March 10, March 24, and April 7th, starting at 5:30 p.m. Each meeting will hopefully bring clarity to anyone attending. Questions can be asked at the meeting as well.    
 
As always, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me with any questions, comments, or concerns. I greatly appreciate your continued support of our schools and our students.  
 
Sincerely,
 
Michael Eastman
2165 US Highway 1
Sullivan, Maine 04664