Memo gets lukewarm reception

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — A proposal by selectmen aimed at improving lines of communication with the town’s school committee met with the hard facts last week.

“We’re definitely in favor of increased communication,” said school committee chairman Erika Lindquist.

The school committee, at a June 5 meeting, discussed a memo from selectmen outlining how they and the board should work together to “provide optimum educational benefits while maximizing the efficiency of operation and alternatives to funding the Pemetic [Elementary] School.” Noting that Pemetic has the highest cost per student in Hancock County, the memo further states that the purpose would be to find ways to reduce this cost.

The memo, written by selectman Dan Norwood, was presented at a May 14 selectmen’s meeting.

The memo is in response to a letter sent in April by the committee to selectmen. In that letter, the committee expressed their dismay at finding that the board had asked Tremont selectmen to join them in discussions on consolidating Pemetic and the Tremont Consolidated School through reading about it in the Mount Desert Islander.

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