Consolidation hearing to draw rural residents

Posted March 31, 2009, at 8:19 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 13, 2011, at 11 a.m.

GREENVILLE, Maine — A contingent of Greenville, Rangeley and Jackman residents is expected to fill the Education Committee room at the State House today for the public hearing on LD 467, an act to exempt their isolated communities from the school district reorganization effort.

The hearing will begin at 9 a.m.

In January, residents in Union 60 (Greenville), SAD 12 (Jackman) and Union 37 (Rangeley) rejected a plan to reorganize. A bill to exempt the communities was later sponsored by Sen. Peter Mills, R-Skowhegan, and co-sponsored by Reps. Pete Johnson, R-Greenville, Douglas Smith, R-Dover-Foxcroft, and Wright Pinkham Sr., R-Lexington Township.

The rationale for exempting the communities is the same as that for island schools — their isolation, according to Union 60 and SAD 12 Superintendent Heather Perry.

“I expect that we’re going to have a pretty good showing, especially because the repeal effort is going to be talked about in the afternoon,” Perry said Tuesday.

Perry said she was encouraged that the bill has actually made it to this step. “I’m encouraged that it’s more than likely going to get out [of] committee and onto the floor of the House and Senate — that’s an encouraging sign.”

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