Curtains! in voting booth.  Our readers are well aware of the reason for those, as well as other protections voters enjoy from undue influence.

Timbered Classrooms would like to thank those who gave us the following letter from Superintendent Malone.

“Dear RSU #50 Staff:

As you are aware, the recently proposed budget for the 2015-16 school year was defeated at the June 16, 2015 referendum vote.  I am writing to inform you that as a result of this action, the school board may need to consider the elimination of positions if the next proposed budget contains reductions. The Board will deliberate the development of new budget at a special meeting on July 9th, 2015 at the Island Falls Municipal Building at 6:30 p.m.

While the extent of these reductions is uncertain, there is a possibility that your position could be affected.  Please be advised that you are welcome to attend the July 9th Board meeting.

I have enclosed the timeline presented to the Board which outlines the upcoming budgetary meetings.


Larry Malone

Superintendent RSU 50”letter

You are welcome to attend the July 9th Board meeting”  ???  Faculty and staff do not need the Superintendent’s “permission” to attend any more than anyone else.

If the inartful suggestion that every defeat of the budget threatens one’s job all the more doesn’t bother you; if it sounds normal, reasonable or appropriate to you…. I respectfully ask that you re-examine your perspective on the role of the citizen.

There  is no higher office.

It would be impractical to surround either the Board table or the voters’ seats tonight with the festive striped curtains so familiar to all of us.  The people can, however, take a cue from last year and move for a private ballot tonight.

The meeting will be held tonight, July 9th at 6:30pm at the Island Falls Municipal building.

Timbered Classrooms wishes the people well in crafting a child-centered frugal budget.

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