Baldacci proposed that the 286 school districts within Maine could be
consolidated in to a much smaller number of districts, he felt that the
taxpayers could save money because there would be fewer administrative
offices. So one important thing to
keep in mind is that this is a school administrative reorganization which
will consolidate central offices and, hopefully, improve the efficient and
effective use of limited resources.
|While the law does
mandate consolidation of central offices, it is not designed to consolidate
schools. There are currently three and
a half central administrative offices in SU 92, SU 96 and Ellsworth. Each central office has a
superintendent. Under the new RSU
there will be one central office and a satellite office because of the large
geographical region of the RSU.
|The RPC feels that
there is a potential to reduce operating costs with the consolidated RSU, and
estimated cost savings will be presented later in this presentation.
the RPC feels that the students come first so we look to improved educational
opportunities. With collaboration, it
should be possible to offer courses that currently cannot be offered because
there are not a number of sufficient students in individual units. This should allow schools to improve the
academic rigor offered in the schools, thus making our graduates more
competitive when they go to college or into the work force.
|The state also
wrote the law such that school choice would be preserved for those
communities that have it. School
choice will be discussed later in this presentation.