Superintendent's Welcome!

June 17, 2020
 
Greetings from RSU #24,
 
I hope that you are enjoying this wonderful weather.  It certainly has been refreshing to see the flowers and green grass.  We have officially shut down our schools and our staff is enjoying a much needed break to rest and recharge their batteries.
 
Even with the end of the school year, we have already started the discussion regarding what school will look like in late August.   COVID-19 will have a lasting impact on our students and schools with certain changes that will have to take place in order to start the school year.  Everything that we do in our school system, from transportation to nutrition to the structure of the school day and athletics and everything in-between.......each will need to be discussed to make sure that we are adhering the best we can to the guidance provided by the Maine Department of Education and the Maine Center for Disease Control.  With so much to be planned, we will do our best to communicate with our parents and students as thoroughly as possible.  Please check the district website or Facebook page or that of your local school for the most up-to-date information.
 
The budget process was impacted by the pandemic.  We did not have a District Budget Meeting but instead had a public hearing to discuss the budget.  In addition, you should have received a recent mailing that provided some of the basic information that you need to know in order to make an informed decision.  Our Budget Validation Referendum will take place on July 14 at your local voting station.  Please know that the focus of this budget tries to balance the many, varied challenges that our students and staff  will face with the economic challenges that our families and towns are facing due to the loss of work and income.  Your continued support of the school budget is greatly appreciated.
 
I hope that the beginning of the summer is enjoyable and that your family remains safe and healthy.  If you have any questions regarding any facet of the school district, please don't hesitate to reach out to me at meastman@rsu24.org.
 
Sincerely, 
 
Michael Eastman, Superintendent
Regional School Unit #24
2165 US Highway 1
Sullivan, Maine 04664