“What the best and wisest parent wants for his own child, that must the community want for all of its children.” ~John Dewey
Lovely, isn’t it? …and speaks to so much of our debate surrounding education too; the stark difference between what Bill Gates, President Obama, and Arne Duncan, for example, demand for their own children and the “grit” “rigor” “not-for-STEM-and-not-even-for-selective-colleges” CC$$I .
I’ll get back to this in a moment, if you’ll kindly bear with me…
The 8th Scenario referenced by the Futures Task Force (FTF) is closing both Katahdin and Southern Aroostook High Schools and tuitioning children, ostensibly to Houlton and East Millinocket.
Read their analysis on this and other scenarios on the table here: RSU50Scenarios
The FTF analysis is brief; even dismissive… “It is not clear how much traction this option has in the larger RSU Community; as such the FTF is not currently aware of the level of community support for the idea.” Since when does “…community support…” matter to this Board? It would be a welcome change from the shoulder-shrugging, “They’ll be mad anyway…”…
We have been reminded, throughout the FTF’s own analysis of “…the proximity of SACS to Region II..” in the Administration’s case for Katahdin’s redundancy. Houlton is closer still to Region II, so why not bus all SACS kids there before now then? If it truly represents savings for the struggling taxpayers of whom Mrs. Nevers spoke so eloquently during the budget process? The distance is less than what you are asking of Katahdin’s children and families.
If consolidating RSU 50 in Dyer Brook is really “best for kids”, then, surely dispersing SACS into Houlton is even better ?
Time for the FTF to put its proverbial money where its “all-children-matter-equally” mouth is.
The “…best and wisest…” of all communities in the district, and research from beyond have been trying to communicate the value of each, unique, local PreK-12 unit and worthiness of skilled investment of of each side of the RSU.