June 19, 2018
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Midcoast school boards to gather over proposal for regionalized high school campus

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

WARREN, Maine — School boards representing towns from Waldoboro to Islesboro will gather Monday to discuss the future of a proposal to develop a campus that includes a regional high school and postsecondary centers.

The Many Flags-One Campus meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. May 21 at the Warren Community School at 117 Eastern Road, just off the intersection of Routes 90 and 131.

The purpose of the special informational joint school board meeting is for the Many Flags Steering Committee to present a set of draft recommendations regarding the proposed Many Flags model, according to Alan Hinsey, executive director of the Many Flags/One Campus Foundation.

Hinsey said Tuesday that the goal is to have each board approve by fall the governing rules to develop such a campus.

This Many Flags concept would seek educational excellence and administrative efficiency by integrating, both physically and virtually, the programs, students, faculty, staff, classrooms, labs, and technological infrastructure of a network of regional high schools; a career and technical education center; a higher education center and industry training centers, according to a news release.

The school boards of RSU 13 based in Rockland, SAD 40 based in Union, the Five-Town Community School District based in Camden, Vinalhaven, North Haven and Islesboro have been invited to attend, as well as representatives of the Mid-Coast School of Technology based in Rockland.

The public also is encouraged to attend to hear the steering committee’s presentation to the joint school boards and to ask questions about the proposed Many Flags-One Campus model.

A discussion on educational opportunities for the region will follow the presentation.

Refreshments will be provided by the Many Flags Foundation after the meeting.

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