Comments for: Glenburn to vote on withdrawal from school district

Posted Feb. 09, 2012, at 10:06 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 10, 2012, at 8:23 a.m.

GLENBURN | Voters will decide on March 27 whether Glenburn should move forward in its attempt to withdraw from RSU 26. The four town councilors at Thursday’s regular council meeting unanimously approved a petition calling for the town to pull out of the school district it shares with Veazie …

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  • Anonymous

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  • Anonymous

    I have lived in big cities where they tried this for the purpose of over crowded schools.  Does not save money, if anything costs more.  I tried to tell the politicians this.  Did they listen  NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO . What it created was a big inconvience to everyone.

  • Anonymous

    This is just like getting married to the wrong preson (thankfully I found the right one).
    It`s easy to get into but lenghty and expensive and messy to get out of.
    The lawyers should be able to line their pockets on this one

  • Anonymous

    If Orono & Veazie were always a unit together (if not always, then long before this RSU fad)…doesn’t Glenburn’s successful withdrawal just leave them where they were all along?  Or do they still need to push forward with their own withdrawal process anyway?  Confusing!

    • Anonymous

      By “they” I meant Veazie.  I am wondering if this process could end up leaving Veazie standing alone, if both withdrawals were allowed?  Doesn’t seem so; Veazie is pretty tiny to be its own school unit.

      • Guest

        From what I read the problem for all three communities is that the RSU does not dissolve even if every one leaves.  The “last” town to leave has to maintain the RSU.  I suppose though that as each town leaves their budgets will have to increase for they have to add back in administrative costs the RSU is bearing.

  • Anonymous

    I am waiting for Glenburn to leave the RSU, then wait for the headlines when they realize they were far better off, financially, IN the RSU.

    They will still have to have a superintendent, central office staff, special education director, curriculum coordinator, etc.  I honestly think the reactions (overreactions in my book) to the RSUs is based on the false belief that the RSU is causing these budget cuts.  None of these people can realize that it is the economy (and that drives everything). 

    • sassyfrazz

      It was also the state’s blatent and outright refusal to admit that it has been going broke for a VERY long time now. 

      The economy was going south well before consolidation came along. When the people of the state voted to force them to ante up to the percentage that they had been saying since the late 1980s they were going to pay, instead of admitting they counted revenue (that anyone with 3 ounces of common sense knew they weren’t ever going to get) they answered with forcing towns to consolidate.

      This would not have become the acrimonious issue that it is now had the state just said “Listen, we’re broke.  We need to find other ways to save money.”

      There are many other ways to save money for schools that didn’t involve such drastic (and IMO) “Chicken Little” measures.  This whole thing was fast-tracted for a reason. I’d really like to know if they dropped a single mandate (and yes, some of those are federal). As the old saying goes “There is no such thing as an unfunded mandate.”

      This whole situation was predicted from the beginning.  That’s why people are trying to get out of this now.  The budget was voted down twice by the townspeople of Glenburn, but the Orono majority ruled.  It will always rule. 

      Glenburn will quite literally have little to no say in what will be done (regardless of any supposed cooperation).

      This is the crux of the movement to get out of it.

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