“Timbered Classrooms” is 1 year old today! We would like to offer our thanks to our followers – all 109 of you. ….and our many more readers, who continue to revisit the research, polling and ideas we have gathered over the past 365 days. Of course we do not always agree — it would be a bit creepy if we did, wouldn’t it? We will continue to strive to inform, and offer a safe space for discussion.
Your children, your tax dollars, your schools…. ….and your website as well….
The work of the Futures Task Force completed, Timbered Classrooms would like to share with our readers a copy of its conclusions. Many thanks to our readers who brought this to my attention. How did I miss it? Good question, but thank goodness for you! Trying diligently to bite my tongue, (or my fingers!), for the moment, anyway, I hope YOU won’t! We always love to hear from you, whatever your views. I have a great deal of confidence that our readers will perform a careful, critical reading and ask the deeper questions this report undoubtedly raises.
RSU 50 FTF Report (1) FINAL
RSU 50 District Referendum – 3rd Round
Whatever your position on the budget; your vision for the future of education in the Region —
Absentee ballots are available.
The Katahdin Elementary School Open House and Cake Auction has been rescheduled for Monday, September 22nd @6pm
I came across this heartwarming story from the Portland Press Herald quite by accident! Dated 2010, but inspiration has no sell-by date…
Rural School Has Formula For Success
The RSU #50 Proposed Budget passed without changes, and will be up for referendum on October 2nd.
All told, this budget represents a $395,954.00 reduction (from a proposal of $9,770,947.00 in June to $9,374,993.00 currently proposed if anyone would care to check my math – probably not a bad idea!).
As always, we welcome your thoughts, your plans for the Oct. 2nd referendum and your hopes for education in the region.
The budget is available on the RSU #50 website, or here: FY15 – BUDGET #3 – September 16 2014 (1)
….a reminder to our readers of all communities North and South: the RSU District Budget Meeting will be held at the Island Falls Municipal Building tonight, (Tuesday, September 16) @7pm.
The more the merrier! Actually, the more citizens participate, the more clearly the budget sent to voters in October will reflect their aspirations and priorities. …more likely to win approval.
Timbered Classrooms would like to thank community members who continue to work and strive through the often difficult work to improve resource allocation in the district. They are your children, your tax dollars and your schools.
The Consolidation question looms over RSU #50, as the dark, autumn clouds… What better time to tuck in, and learn as much as possible about the effects, many as surprising as our changeable Maine weather? Here, for you, is an in-depth discussion of the issue with Stephan Bowen, followed by a link to a post featuring the perspective of the Maine Heritage Policy Center
Third time the charm? The district budget meeting is scheduled for September 16th, 7:00pm at the Island Falls Municipal Building. Copies of the Proposed Budget are a available at various locations around the communities, on the RSU website or here – just keep scrolling!
People are understandably weary of what has been, admittedly, an arduous process. (A reporter was heard muttering “This is so stupid! This is going to take forever!” ). Democratic decisions are messy, (and the more democratic, the more untidy) but usually better in outcome. It’s a struggle that clearly needs to happen; to continue, and our readers have shown, time and again, the degree to which our children are worth it.
It bears remembering the good that comes from this struggle; the silver lining, as a multitude of deeply caring voices rise to help determine the direction of education here. Perhaps many “silver linings”; ..better understanding between the Board and the communities to whom they answer? …better decisions for kids.
Thank you to all of our readers, and community members determined to get this right, in spite of the cost of referenda – the cost of silence; and of getting it wrong, is, indeed, too high.
We wish all community members well….
FY15 – BUDGET #3 – September 16 2014 (1)
An elementary school that treats the arts as the province of a few gifted children, or views them only as recreation and entertainment, is a school that needs an infusion of soul.
The arts are an essential element of education, just like reading, writing, and arithmetic.
~William Bennet, Former U.S. Secretary of Education