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March School Board Meeting (“Yes, I said “SURPLUS””)

squirrelDon’t forget that the March school board meeting is coming right up!! (I wish they would put them on the alert now phone messages, we may get better turn outs!) The meeting is on March 9, at SACHS @ 6;30.

Its really important to try and attend, despite the frigid weather!  These are the meetings that will count, decisions will be made as to what happens to our school and our children this fall…..They will start voting!!!! That has been on the past agendas….It won’t just go away!

Now we are armed with an extensive amount of knowledge, such as, the “task force” report, The “Ames co. facility report”, the “audit report”, we know facts that are pertinent to us all being involved and having a say in what happens to our own!

It may not be “comfortable” to demand answers, but after poor decisions are made its too late! Our schools are worthy of the work necessary to deem them a well maintained, safe environment for our children… Why didn’t the board use the “SURPLUS”, yes, I said, “SURPLUS” money we had in the budget to do these repairs last year??? Its in black and white, we had money to do repairs, but failed to do so!  Who did that benefit? Our kids, our school, our community? I think not, it just choked us out a little more… WE are far from throwing in the towel, there has been an enormous support in withdrawing from the district. Promises were made in 2011, that just haven’t been kept!! Have we really saved all the money they said we would,NO!!!

One ant can’t move a mountain, but this colony can!!! We have a say!!!  I’m not anti school board, I’m pro whats right for “OUR KIDS, OUR SCHOOL, OUR MONEY”

Please spread the word about the upcoming meeting, everyone of us can make a difference!!!

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Coming Together Is A Beginning, Keeping Together Is Progress, Working Together Is A Success ~ Henry Ford

Many thanks for Mrs. Kay’s reflections on the last Board meeting…

imageAfter pondering for several days following the RSU 50 school board meeting on Feb.9,2015 @ KES, I can only come to one conclusion, we have a great community!

People are speaking out for our kids, our schools and our $$$! A great many people represented our side of the district!

I guess its about time we all start speaking out about our own. Faith in the school board is at an all time low, questions that folks have been asking for years have fallen on deaf ears. The board are supposed to work for our communities, and especially our kids! Why is it that people always feel short changed? Maybe its time to do our own research and demand those answers.

The situation has become so serious that the towns of Sherman, Stacyville, Patten and Moro, and Mt. Chase, are all in the process of gathering signatures with the “intent” to withdraw from RSU 50. People want back control of our kids, our schools and certainly our money.

It was empowering to see our community members show up to that school board meeting with the same common interest, “our Kids”, and the future of our schools, and community!

We have been made so many promises since joining RSU 50 in 2011, but why haven’t they materialized? We no longer have any control of our own money. The focus is no longer in maintaining our own schools, but lengthy discussions about narrowing down scenarios, someday possibly fixing whats already broken and , building a new 50 MILLION DOLLAR SCHOOL!!!! WHAT??

Many members of the public are outraged to see what is clearly happening, we’ve been snowballed and have had enough!! When asked by the public, the “board” could not give any projected savings on the presented “options”!!!!! WHY? How can the board eliminate scenarios, when there are no numbers to support projected savings! Lets start those savings at the administration end!!!

One mother stated, “my children have health issues, they will not be travelling to SACHS, we will sell our home and move”!, “Or,we will just give our home away, and move!!!”

Another resident from Patten asked, “when are we going to get the buildings fixed?” The boards answer, they were going to Augusta to see what was available for money! There were many questions, demands etc. and a lot of brush off “non-answers” from the board. Not many direct answers.

Several board members, ( the ones who dare speak) seem like kids that want a new bike,(a new school), the reports that we paid to have done do not support their theory. And when told no, they shut down public comments!

After what seemed to be a short period of time, of public upset and demanding answers, chairman Greg Ryan, (who portrayed a very childish, red faced, fist clenched, rolling of the eyes and constant clock watching representation of “our” board) demanded that they would take one more question, then get on with the regular school board meeting.

Mr. John Porter (Principal) certainly saved the proverbial day, by standing up and stating, “let them have their say”…….So the public asked several more questions, which received very vague answers. However, we do appreciate Mr. Porters efforts….

Without the actual projected savings(numbers folks) that for some reason the public are not privy to, how in the world can we move on by eliminating scenarios???

Our side of the district is rich in history, has so much to offer and its at the northern entrance of BSP, without a school, who will want to move to this appealing area. No school, no interest!

In closing, perhaps Mr. Malone should take Greg Ryan to the woodshed , for a lesson in how to treat your fellow man with dignity and respect. As they say, “ONE ROTTEN APPLE CAN SPOIL THE WHOLE BARREL”!!

Chasing the Proverbial Dream

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Chasing the proverbial dream, isn’t that what we’ve been doing since joining
districts to form RSU 50 in 2011? It seems to me and many others, that everything we were promised just hasn’t materialized… This “smoking mirror” circus act must come to an end!!

So many people have stated that, “we regret joining the RSU, I quess it sounded too good to be true”! Now here we are several years later in a worse situation than ever! Well, we the parents, community members and concerned tax payers have had enough..

Why are a handful of people, (the board) making all of the decisions that impact our kids!! Its a new day, a time to come together and take back what is ours! We have the right to be heard and speak up for what we want….
Now we know that according to the, “Ames co” report on the condition of the buildings, KES AND KMHS are absolutely fixable!!! We want our own schools in our own district!

Now is the time to demand a solution! Tonights school board meeting will be held at KMHS at 6:30. Please make an effort to be there, numbers matter. So many people are working to ensure that the future of our students be first on “our agenda”!!
Consolidation as well as the future or our schools will be discussed, and a vote can happen at any time.

Are we going to just leave that up to the board? The talk of a new school is in my opinion ridiculous!!! We lose at least 20 students a year, live in a high poverty area and want to spend 50 MILLION $$$, at least to build a new facility!!! Seriously, we need to fix the buildings and get back to the real issue, EDUCATION!!!
Lets hope that those school board members who represent our communities stand up for our children. Then maybe, just maybe some trust will be gained back…..
In all of the research I have done, I am still convinced that consolidation does not promote a better education! Bigger is not always better! Many of our ancestors had all age groups in one room with one teacher, why did those children prosper to becoming great Drs., lawyers, scientist, musicians etc.. Because people cared about education first!!!
Lets push forward, fix the external damage NOW, don’t let the buildings be starved for another 3-4 years, then “Somewhere out there where dreams come true”, we may start to discuss educational strategies……By then, it will be too late, our kids are already slipping through the cracks!!!

“Our Kids, Our School, Our $$$$$….”

Please welcome our newest author…..

paper_hawaii_petition“OUR KIDS, OUR SCHOOL, OUR $$$$$” by Dannette-Moody Kay

A few weeks ago I decided to speak up (along with my husband) about the pending issues of consolidation between Katahdin schools and SACHS.

After everything I have researched about the pros and cons of consolidation, we firmly believe that moving our children from their own community to another, would certainly not be in their best interest. This consolidation does not benefit anyone, except perhaps administration. Certainly our tax dollars will be stretched even thinner! Consolidation costs, has cost, will cost! Maybe if the board were serious about savings, they would not be pushing for a new school and would not already have taken closing both of our schools, “off the table’!!
The good people of our communities, Sherman, Patten, Moro, Mt. Chase, Silver Ridge, and Benedicta have a right to speak up, our kids, our school, our money.

Why is there so much intimidation? The very first amendment of our constitution is still firmly in place, (“The Freedom of Speech”)
Our communities have come together, starting with getting signatures on petitions, with the “intent to withdraw”, from RSU 50. We are all working together to do what is in the best interest of our kids, our school,our $$!!
Withdrawal is a lengthy process, but if we all do this together, things will go along much more smoothly. We will also be supported by Rep. Rick Long as well as our senator and other reps.
If a change “must” happen we need to keep our kids on this side of the district!
We have waited a very long time to view the facilitators report, regarding the condition of our school buildings. How much money are we looking at in repairs? I can’t begin to understand after all or this time, why that public report is not released to the public!
The school board will go over these results in a special meeting, on Feb.4,2015, at 6:30pm, at KES with the public, please try to be there.
Also, the next scheduled school board meeting is on Feb. 9th, at 6:30pm, also at KES. This will be a great opportunity to voice our plans and any concerns we have to the board. Its very important that the Superintendent as well as the board realize that we all mean business and will not back down!
I have been made aware that staff members have been made to feel uncomfortable…. Faculty and staff are NOT to be held responsible or face retaliation in any form for community efforts to withdraw from this RSU!!! To threaten employment status in any way is not only unethical, but illegal!!
Rep. Rick Long is working on setting up a public meeting with officials from Augusta, we will post this information as soon as it has been set up. Write your questions down, as these are the folks who work for us and our children.
We have great communities right at our fingertips, supermarkets,churches, a pharmacy, hardware store, health care facilities, as well as several auto repair blds. Our community is an appealing place for people who may have an interest in moving here. People with children will not won’t to send their kids to a school so far away! We need our school, in our district! Lets fix the outside, and focus on the real concern, education!!
If you have not signed a petition in the towns of Sherman, Patten, Moro, and Stacyville and would like to do so , please either PM me or call 528-2266, and I will tell you who you can reach to sign, “the intent to withdraw”.
Thank you all for the support and hard work you are all putting into this process!