The school; the community in which each one of our children lives, learns and grows is a child’s world. The composition of an RSU Board by nature, as well as members, however demands that the center of thought and priority be shifted away from our children to, say, Island Falls, (during the budget process.) It also brings about other decisions that make little sense from a child’s perspective and that of his or her parents. For instance, Mr. Knowles of the RSU Board, at a recent meeting expressed a willingness to “…throw our kids under the bus..” simply because of the proximity of a school 20 miles away to Region II. Hurting some children for the perceived benefit of a mythical “average” child is a sad effect of the replacement of local Boards by Regional ones, and, very often an expensive one. Costs are borne less equally; benefits elude.
There is no “us” and “them”; only children. Each unique, precious and deserving of the utmost consideration in every single decision.
As you read the following, we ask that you suspend simplistic judgements about those who favor withdrawal, and look to better, more efficient, and more mutually beneficial ways to share.
“…We can’t exist in a union with Belfast, because ultimately they don’t want us. They haven’t ever wanted us, and they weren’t going to take no for an answer. They were either going to close our schools down, or withdraw….”