RSU 12 Residents will Vote on Three Questions
On June 12th, residents of Sheepscot Valley Regional School Unit 12 will vote on three questions:
1. An Amendment to the district’s reorganization plan;
2. A Budget Validation Referendum;
3. A Bond Question.
An Amendment to the RSU 12 reorganization plan is on the ballot. The amendment can not be implemented unless a majority of RSU 12 residents vote yes on the amendment. The RSU 12 Board of Directors recommends a "YES" vote. The amendment makes changes for Alna residents only. The change will not affect current Alna residents and those who live in Alna as of June 30, 2018. For Alna students in grades K-8 whose parents/guardians move to Alna after June 30, 2018 or whose parents/guardians do not continually reside in Alna after June 30, 2018, they will have the choice to attend public schools only. New students to the town Alna after June 30, 2018 will not have the choice to attend private schools in grades K-8.
Alna residents approved the policy change with a 258-161 vote in March. The RSU 12 Board of Directors approved the amendment on May 10, 2018. The RSU 12 Board of Directors established a study committee for this amendment to the reorganization plan. The study committee determined that the amendment would not have any impact on other RSU 12 towns.
You can find more information about this amendment and the study committee by reading these committee minutes.
The Budget Validation Referendum is the final step in the approval of the district’s 2018-2019 budget, which voters approved at the district budget meeting May 17, 2018. The RSU 12 Board of Directors recommends a "YES" vote.
The budget totals $22,223,292.38, an increase of 3.54
percent. Factors causing the budget increase include forty-eight additional students enrolled, many who are in grades 9-12 requiring tuition payments, and the state has increased the expectation for local funding by raising the required mil rate for education from 8.19 to 8.51. The proposed budget was overwhelmingly approved by voters at the District Budget Meeting held on May 17, 2018.
Lastly, the Bond Question asks RSU 12 residents if they approve the borrowing of up to $375,000 to repair and replace roofs at the Somerville Elementary School, Whitefield Elementary School, Windsor Elementary School, and Palermo Consolidated School. The RSU 12 Board of Directors recommends a "YES" vote. The roofs on these schools are well passed their expected life and we will begin to see signs of damage inside the school due to leaky roofs if they are not replaced soon.
Please remember to vote on June 12th!