April 28, 2021
Greetings from RSU #24,
I hope this monthly update finds you well. It is nice to see the consistent rise in temperatures and to see the longer days!
I recently toured the Charles M. Sumner Learning Campus and I am excited to see the progress. There is a noticeable increase in the amount of steel that is up and the shape of the building is really defined! I am told that the project is only about 10% complete but we are still on target for the fall 2022 entry date. A small committee of stakeholders (including a student) began the process of selecting the furniture and fixtures to be included with the new school. In addition, we have internally established a transition team that began the conversation of how best to transition from our current structure into our new structure of four Pre-K to 5th grade schools and the new 6th-12th grade school. There are many facets to our operations that will be impacted and changes that will need to be made to ensure that education for our children continues without interruptions and is as positive an experience as possible. We will do our best to keep you informed of our progress toward the future of the RSU.
The Finance and Budget Committee has completed its review of the RSU budget. All school budgets and department budgets have been scrutinized and the committee is prepared to present our 2021-2022 budget to the full Board at its May 4th meeting. Although the budget is up, I believe that we have found the balance between what our students and schools need and what our taxpayers can reasonably afford. The district budget presentation will take place on Wednesday, May 26th. The highlights of the budget will be presented with explanations of any drastic budget changes. This meeting will also allow for participants to ask questions. The meeting will take place via Zoom per an executive order of the governor and in an effort to avoid large gatherings. The link for the meeting will be posted on our district website (www.rsu24.org). Keep in mind that June 8th is the district-wide referendum regarding the RSU budget.
We have not yet received the guidance from the Maine Department of Education or the Maine Center for Disease Control regarding the guidelines to open up school in the fall. I am expecting that there will be similar expectations including the social distancing requirement and the mask requirement. Once we receive the guidelines and start our planning for the reopening of school, we will do our best to communicate these guidelines to our communities. I am extremely hopeful that we will begin to return to some sense of normalcy for our students when the new school year starts!
As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your continued support of our schools and most importantly, our students.