May 26, 2018
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SAD 68 votes to send DOE three letters of intent to consolidate

By Diana Bowley, BDN Staff

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — SAD 68 directors voted 7-1 Tuesday to submit letters to the Department of Education of the district’s intent to form an alternate organizational structure, or AOS, with surrounding districts for administrative consolidation.

The board agreed that three letters will be sent to the department. One states the district is interested in partnering with both SAD 4 in Guilford and SAD 41 in Milo. The other letters of intent will name each district separately.

Over the past several weeks, an ad hoc committee consisting of Guilford, Dover-Foxcroft and Milo area directors has been meeting to study the recent changes made by the Legislature regarding an AOS.

At the last meeting held in August, the directors from all three boards agreed to ask their respective panels to vote this month on whether to file a notice of intent to form an AOS, and if so, with which districts. If the votes are affirmative, a meeting will be held on Sept. 21 to discuss the formation of a Regional Planning Committee.

SAD 41, which is also considering an AOS with SAD 31 in the Howland area, will vote this week on the matter and SAD 4 is expected to vote next week.

The districts would avoid hefty penalties if a reorganization plan were approved by voters and the Department of Education.

Until now, SAD 68 has avoided a penalty because it voted last year to regionalize but its partners at that time, SADs 41 and 12, did not.

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