Voters in central Aroostook pass school consolidation plan

Posted Feb. 16, 2011, at 8:25 p.m.
STACYVILLE, Maine — After rejecting past proposals, voters in SAD 25 in the Stacyville area and Community School District 9 in the Dyer Brook area have approved a plan to consolidate and form a regional school unit.
Voting took place on Tuesday. Final figures were not available Wednesday, but officials with both districts said the measure passed.
SAD 25 consists of Stacyville, Patten, Sherman and Mount Chase. CSD 9 consists of Island Falls, Dyer Brook, Oakfield, Merrill, Smyrna and Crystal. Moro Plantation and Hersey also are joining with the two districts.
Public hearings were held in late January so residents could ask questions about the proposal, which would bring together 835 students.
John Doe, SAD 25 superintendent, said he is not sure what sort of cost savings the district will see as a result of consolidating. He said that it would be up to the new RSU board and the new superintendent to determine the extent of the savings.
Under the plan, there will be one superintendent for the new combined district. A new RSU board will be formed, which will set up the criteria to identify a superintendent for the combined school system.
Both districts have tried and failed to pass similar plans with other districts.
Both tried to form an RSU with SAD 29 in Houlton, SAD 70 in Hodgdon and SAD 14 in Danforth in 2008, but the measure failed.
A proposal for both to join with SAD 70 and SAD 14 in 2009 also failed.

Voters in central Aroostook pass school consolidation planBY JEN LYNDSBDN STAFFSTACYVILLE — After rejecting past proposals, voters in SAD 25 in the Stacyville area and Community School District 9 in the Dyer Brook area have approved a plan to consolidate and form a regional school unit.Voting took place on Tuesday. Final figures were not available Wednesday, but officials with both districts said the measure passed.SAD 25 consists of Stacyville, Patten, Sherman and Mount Chase. CSD 9 consists of Island Falls, Dyer Brook, Oakfield, Merrill, Smyrna and Crystal. Moro Plantation and Hersey also are joining with the two districts.Public hearings were held in late January so residents could ask questions about the proposal, which would bring together 835 students.John Doe, SAD 25 superintendent, said he is not sure what sort of cost savings the district will see as a result of consolidating. He said that it would be up to the new RSU board and the new superintendent to determine the extent of the savings.Under the plan, there will be one superintendent for the new combined district. A new RSU board will be formed, which will set up the criteria to identify a superintendent for the combined school system.Both districts have tried and failed to pass similar plans with other districts.Both tried to form an RSU with SAD 29 in Houlton, SAD 70 in Hodgdon and SAD 14 in Danforth in 2008, but the measure failed.A proposal for both to join with SAD 70 and SAD 14 in 2009 also failed.

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