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  • Anonymous

    Wow!! Couldn’t have said it any better myself.

  • Yawningattrolls

    Ditto – very well stated and on the mark.

  • Anonymous

    Well said….

  • Anonymous

    How is the Baldacci RSU’s treating you folks.

  • Finally! A real voice of reason! Here’s some striking data to go along with your point…

    First, there’s a prevailing attitude that the voters in RSU 19 are being stingy and hurting the district’s children in order to save a $100 a year, per property taxpayer. And, that RSU 19 is vastly underfunded and one of lowest spending districts per pupil in the State. All of this is TOTALLY FALSE.

    Have a look at this compare and contrast to another School District in Maine, a Public, Open Enrollment School district that is comparable in budget and number of students, but in no way, shape, or fashion comparable in results.

    Falmouth FY 2011 Budget $24,605,875 Students: 2131

    RSU 19 FY 2011 Budget $22,7xx,xxx Students: 2265

    134 more students in RSU 19 and $1.9 million less in budget dollars, but that’s still over $10,000 per student and slightly above the State average. No idea where RSU 19 gets their $7600 per student figure they put in their Fiscal Crisis Handbook.

    Falmouth: Ranked 3rd in the State on the whole and just out of the top 1/3rd of the Nation’s best 1,000 High Schools.

    Falmouth ranked #2 out of 100 State wide for High school.

    Nokomis ranked #93 out of 100 State wide for High School.

    Sebasticook Valley Middle School: Ranked #95 out of 100.

    Falmouth Middle School: Ranked #2 out of 100.

    2012 # of Administrators RSU 19: 14

    2012 # of Administrators Falmouth: 10

    Sources: https://www.medms.maine.gov/medms_public/ReportPortal/Portal.aspx?CurrentLocation=

    http://www.schooldigger.com/go/ME/districtrank.aspx

    So, we’re to believe that RSU 19 requires 4 more Administrative positions for a mere 134 additional students? We’re to believe that the difference between the top of the heap and the bottom of the barrel is a mere $1.9 Million dollars?

    Now, I understand that the children being raised in Falmouth have families with far greater resources than those in RSU 19. I get that. But, the budgets are the budgets and the results are the results.

    So, property owners in RSU 19. Take heart knowing that you aren’t stingy and that it’s not your fault that this districts children are getting so little in the way of education for your money.

    One last little thing I found very interesting in a document, buried in RSU 19’s website. A hand book for dealing with budget time…

    MARKETING YOUR DISTRICT’S BUDGET

    Be patient with your publics. Remember, while they may not fully understand a school district’s budget, they always understand an increase in their taxes.

    The district’s marketing program should also focus on civic groups, community groups, the community “power brokers,” news media, taxpayers’ organizations, and school improvement councils.

    AVOID THE USE OF EDUCATIONAL AND FINANCIAL JARGON WHEN MAKING YOUR CASE.

    Right, because we’re all a bunch of idiots.

    • Anonymous

      Check out: http://www.maine.gov/education/data/ppcosts/index.html

      That is their source.

      And according to that, which I believe over your numbers seemingly pulled out of thin air, Falmouth’s cost per pupil is $10,206.26

      Hardly an apples to apples comparison.

      • You wouldn’t believe how hard it is to find budget data, especially for RSU 19, because none of it is posted on their pathetic website. I see, the per pupil cost excludes transportation costs, and debt services etc. I didn’t know that.

        But, that still is 2010-11 so isn’t current. And I simply divided the budgets by students. Where, it certainly is apples to apples.

        But, the guide says not to use educational or financial jargon when selling these budgets, so it’s no wonder there’s no transparency.

      • Did you know that RSU19 has 8 Principals for their 8 schools? Why? Get rid of half of them, their salaries and benefits. And you probably save over $400,000

  • Anonymous

    It is unfair that students are impacted by financial problems caused by
    the administrators and school board. The lesson to students is the
    impossibility of living beyond the financial means of supporting an
    unsustainable lifestyle. Everyone does not get everything they want,
    every time, all the time. Teach the truth. Life is not fair. The facts many were never taught or have forgotten.

  • Jollyroger

    Comparing Newport to Falmouth? Wow! That’s rocket science. Talk about a false equivalence. You’d get an “F” on that paper. It’s apple and oranges. The median income for a family in Falmouth is $87,000. Even the retirees in Falmouth are wealthy. Compared to Newport’s median family income of $27,000. RSU 19 kids don’t have the same advantages that Falmouth kids have – college educated parents who support education and have high aspirations for their sons and daughters. These kids are our future – we should investing in them and their educations – and a well rounded program of academics, arts and athletics. But save the comparisons to wealthy communities that are already giving their kids every advantage. That’s ridiculous.

  • Guest

    Not approving this loan was a huge mistake that will hopefully be corrected.

  • Anonymous

    It is interesting to see that the term “investing” in education is code for handing public money to unions!
    How clever!

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