ELLSWORTH — Would leaving Regional School Unit 24 (RSU 24) amount to the city taking a leap into the unknown, or would it instead be a return to a familiar system with more local control?
That was a question that arose Sept. 18 at a meeting hosted by Citizens for Quality Education, a pro-withdrawal group, at City Hall. The early-evening meeting drew a crowd of about 30 to the Council Chamber.
Mark Rosborough, who led the meeting along with Dawn Hudson and Ken Shea, said he saw three major issues relating to the withdrawal question: the quality of education, the cost of education and local control. He said the issues often overlap.
“We just don’t have the type of control that we feel we should have in the quality of our children’s education,” he said.
Jill Cohen, a former teacher at Ellsworth High School who lives in Ellsworth and now serves as principal at Mountain View School in Sullivan, said she had been to the Citizens For Quality Education group’s Facebook page and website but needed more information.
She said she didn’t see anything relating to quality of education on either page, and said the financial information didn’t include a budget for a post-withdrawal Ellsworth school system.
“You’re asking me to take a leap for an unknown that could affect my daughter, because she will still be in the school system if this happened,” Cohen said.