Scenarios were, indeed, taken “off the table” without careful study, and, in at least one instance, purposely to AVOID the work of compiling figures. “If you aren’t interested then you don’t want me to waste time running around getting numbers.” Then-Supt. Larry Malone
“The School Administrative District must provide the amount and nature, or each type of source data that is used in these calculations and the basis for each pro-rating that is performed, in sufficient detail to permit an independent verification of accuracy of the cost data and it’s validity for use with 20-A MRSA, Section 1407 and rules.” – Maine Department of Education
Here are the numbers RSU 50 submitted to the State in preparation for liquidating Katahdin.
Also included are number and types of positions targeted for elimination and cuts to the State Small School Adjustment subsidy.
To our readers with a better eye for numbers than mine, I offer the original pdfs with only brief comment.
What neither Timbered Classrooms nor anyone can itemize or calculate, are the “unforeseen” expenses that inevitably make promised savings and opportunity disappear. Well, not exactly “unforeseen” by those who look at the research and our own history.
More expensive building deficiencies at SACS, as outlined by the AMES report, continuing declining enrollment trends, growing interest in homeschooling or tuitioning to other districts, and communities looking to withdraw, re-negotiation of cost-sharing formulas to compensate for losses….. All of these factors will weigh heavily on budget projections that fail to realistically account for them.
Enrollment by Town in RSU #50 and Tuitioning Townships I apologize for doodling on this document before scanning it:
Back to the meeting of November 9th, where a wise man spoke to Katahdin’s past, when it when his father dedicated his career to “building” an education system that was to become one of the top in the country. Those in an office 25 miles away who are more dedicated to extracting money and children for their own use than the pressing needs of children currently in their care cannot give taxpayers the same value for dollar. RSU 50 will not quit until Katahdin is closed.
Is RSU 50 the best steward of your children, infrastructure and money?