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Superintendent's Welcome!

October 21, 2019
 
Greetings from RSU #24,
 
I hope this email finds each of you enjoying the wonderful fall weather.  With the exception of the storm on October 17, the weather has been beautiful.  There continues to be a buzz in the schools with students and staff alike taking care of the business of education.  It has been a pleasure to get into our schools and observe the excitement that our schools generate.  
 
The new building project continues to move forward.  The architect has been refining the designs of the school looking at the classroom level details that will be included in the building.  There have been meetings between the architect and teachers and other staff members to solicit input on how classrooms should be set up and how the design of the school can be maximized to meet the needs of our students and our community.  We are still on a path that has us breaking ground in June!  We are certainly excited to get the project underway!
 
Paralleling the work of the Building Committee, there is a fundraising committee charged with raising funds for items in the building project that the Building Committee deems as important for our students and that the state will not pay for.  The name of the committee is Friends of Sumner's Future and they will be meeting to plan specific fundraising initiatives to help pay for such items as additional equipment  for the building, dugouts, a digital street sign, and aluminum bleachers for the competition field.  Stay tuned for further information or check our website at www.rsu24.org and click on the New Building Project link.
 
On October 22, there was a committee convened of members from each of our communities to talk about the name of our new school.   The committee has students, parents, staff members, and community members, all tasked with choosing a name or names for the new school that will be forwarded to the RSU Board of Directors for consideration.  
 
In closing, please know that student safety is a priority for us.  We do have a set number of drills that we run to prepare our schools for emergency situations.  In addition, we have certain procedures in place in each of our buildings for visitors (parents, community members, etc.) to enter the building.  As you can imagine, the specifics surrounding the procedures and drills are kept confidential to further the protection of our students.
 
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me at (207)422-2017 or meastman@rsu24.org.  Please know that I greatly appreciate all the support that each of our communities provide.
 
Sincerely,
 
Michael Eastman, Superintendent
Regional School Unit #24
2165 US Highway 1
Sullivan, Maine 04664