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  • Anonymous

    You heard it here first Ellsworth…this RSU isn’t going to die easily.

    Seems like Supt. Lukas (who Ellsworth didn’t hire, the RSU did) is really looking for a divorce as she apparently wants alimony, child support, and for the city of Ellsworth to pay for the “RSU’s accustomed lifestyle.” 

    So the RSU gets $$$ for everything it did for Ellsworth and Ellsworth gets nothing for all it did for the RSU? Yeah right…make this as acrimonious as possible Lukas…Of course you will because you know Ellsworth will ride you out of town on a rail as soon as it can…and you want a gig for a couple of years until you retire so you’ll kiss the butts of the other towns in the RSU.

    Oh, and you want control over IT, transportation, food, and special ed for five years??? The RSU didn’t even last for five years. This is the “accustomed lifestyle” demand. This isn’t about control, this is about wanting Ellsworth to pick up the tab for all these services for half a decade.

    Here’s a thought Lukas…This RSU is over. Done. Send all those other towns back from whence they came just like before. An even split, and when it comes to personnel let the towns bid for them. Those who want to pay will get their choices, those who don’t, won’t.

    Oh and David…a month would be plenty of time…if the RSU would be willing to meet more than once a month. 

  • Lose your school. Lose your community. School administrative districts were no more than a scam and a few people have finally figured out that it would be nice to keep the control and the tax dollars in town.  Oh, it would also be nice to keep the kids in town.   But getting the control and the money back is the main thing. You will not get your schools back in town without a fight.  There’s too much money at stake.  And it’s fun to spend other people’s money.

  • Anonymous

    I can just imagine what the RSU will charge Ellsworth for their special services.  If the RSU will not bargain in good faith, it just proves they know what will happen once Ellsworth, Hancock and Lamoine leaves, they will slowly come apart. Bye Bye RSU!

  • Anonymous

    The RSU wants us to pay for their upgrades but wont reimburse Ellsworth for what we paid in upgrades at other schools? BS

  • Anonymous

    It became obvious during my 12 year teaching tenure at Sumner High School that with the onset of membership into RSU 24 the ambience, community strength, and validity of our DownEast community and school were compromised and dilluted. Instead of focusing on strengths within the system, the desire to “fix us” became paramount. Faculty, administration, and most important, students were denegrated and maligned. I’m sure that the independence and ability to strengthen from within were similiarly challenged within other members’ districts from this power base. Perhaps the greatest strength of Maine’s character is the independence of its towns and institutions. The intrusive infringements implemented by the RSU have been damaging. Waving the flag of nebulous monetary shifts do not justify the elimination of soverignty. Ellsworth, and others within this ill-conceived and strong armed arrangement would be advised to withdraw and seek their own paths. Ken

    • Anonymous

       Really, the validity of your DownEast community was compromised? How does that happen? Did someone pull your DownEast license, yell at you or call you a bumpkin for living in a small town? So sorry the validity was tarnished. Will Ellsworth’s pulling out reaffirm the validity for you? Good luck with the paths you choose, the schools generally are under performing. So ,now make a positive suggestion on how to improve them.

      • Anonymous

        Dear Clamcove1,
           Thanks for your response. Rest assured that while in my position I and others with valid reform suggestions to share did so systematically and emphatically. What many not directly involved in everyday school politics fail to appreciate is that educational ideas,if not in agreement with the status quo, will not be considered or respected. At the same time I, and others were making the suggestions to “improve them” Sumner High School became one of the 10 Worst Performing Schools in The State and was mandated by the Board of Education to relieve the principal of his duties in order to receive a financial grant for remediation. Positive suggestions can only be of assistance if presented in a climate of mutual respect and within an arena of true reform. The same tired, worn out cliches are still being recycled, and the schools are still suffering. Hope that this provides some insight to your concerns. Thanks again for taking the time. Ken

  • The state really needs to step in.  The solution:  Cooperative School Unions, where the interests of all towns involved are considered, and an overarching RSU bureaucracy isn’t created.  Most states in the country have COUNTY-level school districts, and here in Maine, we’re stuck with every “minor civil division” wanting a district.  This is what led to Maine having 200-some superintendents with their supersalaries, supergolf weekends at the Samoset (a/k/a MPA meetings), and a total focus on athletics rather than academics.  What a mess we have.  We need to reinvent the wheel, apparently, over and over.

  • Anonymous

    When the RSU closed Harpswell Elementary the seeds were sown for either succession or something else.

    That ‘something else’ is a charter school in the original school building now empty, and its role as the ‘glue’ which held together the community once again a possibility.

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