May 2, 2019
Dear Community Member,
The purpose of this letter is to update you on the building project to replace Sumner Memorial High School with a new facility and redesigned campus. At a public meeting on March 20th, a vote was taken to see if those in attendance approved moving forward with the building project. By a vote of 46-11, approval was granted for the Concept Design, which afforded us the opportunity to move forward with the project.
The next step in the process was to present our Concept Design to the Maine State Board of Education for its approval. We met with them on April 10, presented our Design, and received unanimous approval. By law, the State Board of Education approval sets a timeline of six months to obtain a favorable referendum vote for the building project. The referendum will take place on Tuesday, June 11, at your local voting stations. The overall (district-wide) ballot count will decide whether we are able to move forward with the building process or not.
Please know that we will continue to try and keep you informed of the project. A project brochure will be mailed to residents in our communities in the near future. This brochure will, hopefully, answer any of the questions that you may have and present some of our plans for the building and property. In addition, we will hold a public meeting on May 22, starting at 6:30 p.m. at Sumner Memorial High School. This presentation will be very similar to our last public meeting presentation but will not include a vote. You can also check out the most up-to-date information by going to our website (www.rsu24.org) and clicking on the New Building Project link.
The opportunity to hold the public referendum is the result of an enormous investment of time and energy on the part of many people in our community. To each one of those people, I offer my sincere thanks. We have worked hard to create a building and campus that meets the future needs of our students and community. We feel blessed to be in this position and we are extremely hopeful for the future of our students. Thank you for your continued support of our schools. As always, feel free to contact me with any questions or comments. I can be reached at 422-2017 or email@example.com.