Rockland-area school district schedules merger meetings

Posted March 09, 2014, at 4:52 p.m.
Last modified March 10, 2014, at 7:06 a.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — Regional School Unit 13 has scheduled three meetings at which officials will provide the public with information and accept comments concerning the proposed merger of its two middle schools.

The issue has been controversial within the district, with former Superintendent Lew Collins saying earlier this year that the consolidation was needed to lessen an expected gap of $1.7 million between expected expenses and revenues. Opponents say the district is moving too quickly.

The merger meetings are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 13, at Rockland District Middle School; 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, at the Cushing Community School; and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, at the Thomaston Grammar School.

The merger would put all fifth-, sixth- and seventh-grade students at RDMS.