Superintendent's Welcome!

September 17, 2020
 
Greetings from RSU #24,
 
I hope this message finds you enjoying this fall weather.  We have been blessed with comfortable temperatures and dry days which has helped with our opening of school.  To this point, we have had a relatively smooth opening to the school year.  We continue to work out the kinks and to refine what we are doing.  Regardless, it is so nice to have students back in our buildings.  In walking through each of our buildings, students have been so willing to do whatever is necessary to be in school.  The professionalism and resiliency of our staff members has also been quite impressive.  I know that we still have a long way to go but I am proud of the RSU for its opening.
 
As we all know, the impact of COVID-19 on our schools will be long-term and is quite unpredictable at this point.  We have implemented a number of rules to help maintain the safety of our students and staff, with maximum limitations on accessibility to our buildings and grounds.  In addition, the RSU #24 Board of Directors voted to suspend interscholastic activities for the fall and will assess winter sports as that season approaches.  This action and a number of other protocols that are in place attempt to eliminate exposure of the virus to our students and staff population and therefore into our communities.  
 
I am pleased to announce that Nickerson & O'Day, LLC has been awarded the contract to build our Charles M. Sumner Learning Campus, home of the new Sumner Middle School and Sumner Memorial High School.  We are excited that we will be breaking ground on the project very soon.  You may not see much of the initial work as the contractors will be accessing the property from the Punkinville Road and will be doing much of its beginning work in the area of the baseball field.  We will attempt to keep our website updated with pictures as the project progresses.  
 
In closing, the patience and understanding of our communities regarding the difficulty of operating our schools in these difficult times is greatly appreciated.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to me at meastman@rsu24.org or (207)422-2017.  Thank you for your continued support.
 
Sincerely,
 
Michael Eastman, Superintendent
Regional School Unit #24
2165 US Highway 1
Sullivan, Maine 04664