|The RSU will
assume any debt for state-approved construction or renovation projects.
|The law did not
require the new RSU to assume the outstanding indebtedness of a school
administrative unit for non-state-funded projects. The RPC decided that since school property
was being transferred to the new RSU, the RSU should be responsible for all
debt. Some of the local debt was
approved in order to save money in operational costs. For example, Ellsworth voted to approve
additional funds for an energy system that would ultimately save more than it
cost. Likewise, Lamoine approved a
renovation project that will allow its school to operate more
efficiently. Projects like these are a
benefit to the RSU and it was felt that the RSU should pay for them. In addition, it was felt that because
future school projects would be covered by the RSU, existing projects should
also be the responsibility of the RSU.