June 19, 2018
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Limestone checking what school would cost if town withdrew from RSU 39

By Natalie Bazinet, Aroostook Republican & News

LIMESTONE, Maine — During budget discussions on Jan. 18, the selectpeople discussed finding out what it is costing the town to be a part of the Regional School Unit 39 with Caribou and Stockholm versus how much it would cost the town to operate its own school.

Chair Fred Pelletier asked Town Manager Donna Bernier to look into obtaining the figures of the town’s actual cost with the RSU and the cost of continuing the school without being under the RSU’s umbrella.

The selectpeople also discussed the transfer of ownership of the MSSM dormitory building, formerly the Limestone Elementary School, from the RSU to the magnet school. As the RSU school board is moving forward with the transfer of ownership, still in preliminary stages, selectperson Gary O’Neal expressed the necessity to include rights for the Limestone Middle School sports teams and the Limestone Recreation Department to use the building’s gymnasium.

“I just want to be sure that somewhere, somehow, we get it down that we get use of that gym for the mid-level [sports teams] and the recreation department before we sign off on that,” O’Neal told Bernier and the board.

Bernier informed the selectpeople that the RSU has approved the building transfer on the board level and there will still need to be a public hearing before the property exchange.

The selectpeople also discussed making certain that the building would be transferred back to the town, not the RSU, should the magnet school change locations at any time.

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