Facts and Figures

2_bookkeeperA wise woman once said… “Once”, specifically, at the Nov. 9th Public Forum.  “Where are the facts and figures?” the citizen asked.

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.

RSU #50 Cost Analysis Summary Submitted to the State to permit Katahdin’s closure

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?

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3 responses to “Facts and Figures

  1. Where are the facts and figures! Why don’t we ever get any straight answers. Seems like a lot of excuses. Board members should represent the people in their own communities, not their own agenda. Disgusted by the lack of transparency. Losing Katahdin will be horrible for our kids and our community. I hope the board will vote to keep Katahdin open.

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    • The Board cannot give you straight answers because they don’t have them.
      They cannot prove consolidation will benefit Katahdin’s kids or community because the evidence overwhelmingly says it will hurt them.
      They cannot prove SACS is the better investment because the architectural firm deemed otherwise.
      Even consolidation supporters know that it is a losing proposition for the sending school because those who spoke out do not want to close THEIR school and bus to Houlton – closer in their case.

      They are committed. They have the votes to close Katahdin. The good news is, they have put off the vote multiple times out of fear of your anger.

      You can stop them and take control of it back.

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    • The Board cannot give you straight answers because they don’t have them.
      They cannot prove consolidation will benefit Katahdin’s kids or community because the evidence overwhelmingly says it will hurt them.
      They cannot prove SACS is the better investment because the architectural firm deemed otherwise.
      Even consolidation supporters know that it is a losing proposition for the sending school because those who spoke out do not want to close THEIR school and bus to Houlton – closer in their case.

      They are committed. They have the votes to close Katahdin. The good news is, they have put off the vote multiple times out of fear of your anger.

      You can stop them and take control of it back.

      Like

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