“….Long Time Passing….” is certainly an apt description of School Consolidation, which began long before Governor Baldacci ran with it (maybe even before he began school himself). Neither he, nor other policymakers ever looked for proof — hard, empirical evidence that rural school consolidation actually saves money and helps kids. This data exists, whether we like it or not, and holds the potential to spare us the consequences of our own assumptions. It isn’t what we don’t know about school consolidation that inflicts the harm; it’s what we know for sure that just isn’t true.
“Timbered Classrooms” curates some very interesting reading on the subject, to cultivate deeper understanding of the issue, and is tagged accordingly.
Here, though, we offer numbers specific to RSU #50, and build on the budgets we displayed in MSAD to RSU “Where are the Savings?”.
Again, we offer these raw numbers sans comment, and hold them up to your judgement.