Superintendent's Welcome!

January 16, 2020
 
Greetings From RSU #24,
 
With the holiday rush behind us, we now focus on the onslaught of the true winter weather.  We are fortunate that our roads are clear but, as you know, we are always one good storm away from the messiness that our winters are known for!
 
As I wrote last month, we have modified the school calendar to address the three cancellation days that we have already used.  Our schools will be in session on Saturday, February 29, Saturday, March 14, with students at the high school dismissed at 11:30 and at our K-8 schools upon arrival of the high school bus.  We will also add an hour to each school day during the week of March 23rd.  The hope is that our students will not have to go to school in late June!
 
The new Sumner Memorial High School building project is moving along.  Our architects have submitted the design documents to the Department of Education for its review.  Once approved by DOE, we will be back before the Maine State Board of Education, seeking Design and Funding Approval.  In the near future, we will also be working with the state and/or the architecture firm in order to hire our Commissioning Agent and the Owners Rep, two state funded positions that represent the interests of the parties involved in the building project.  We are still projected to break ground in June, 2020.
 
Some exciting news to pass along in regards to the name of the new facility.  The Naming Committee has recommended and the RSU Board approved the name The Charles M. Sumner Learning Campus, home of Sumner Memorial High School and Sumner Middle School.  There was a great deal of input provided by our communities, both students and adults.   Thank you to all who provided input.
 
Also, the Friends of Sumner's Future Fundraising Committee has started their fundraising efforts with a drive to collect funds from the many businesses and associates that work with the school.  To date, we have over $15,000 committed to the new building project.  With a goal of $1,000,000 to help offset those costs not covered by the Maine Department of Education, donations will be accepted for the foreseeable future.  If you are interested in donating, please feel free to access the Friends of Sumner's Future webpage by going to the school district's page (rsu24.org) and clicking on the FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN link or by clicking on the NEW BUILDING PROJECT link.  Donations can be made electronically or with a check.
 
Our athletic teams are in full swing across the district.  The competitive portion of the season will last into February.  A special congratulations to the Sumner Cheerleading Squad, as they are the Downeast Athletic Association's Cheering Champions!!!!  
 
Thank you for your continued support of our schools.  If you have any questions or comments about any aspect of the school district, please don't hesitate to reach out to me.  I can be reached at 422-2017 or meastman@rsu24.org.
 
Sincerely,
 
Michael Eastman
Michael Eastman, Superintendent
Regional School Unit #24
2165 US Highway 1
Sullivan, Maine 04664