RSU 25 board creates committee to review fund-raising policies

BUCKSPORT — The Regional School Unit 25 (RSU 25) School Board wants a committee to review the district’s fund-raising policy. The board approved the formation of an ad-hoc committee on Nov. 19 to take a closer look at student-based fund-raising activities.

The board has discussed student fund raising several times over the years, but few changes have resulted from concerns over the large amount of fund-raising activities throughout the year.

Despite concerns, the board typically approves all requests each September for the entire school year. But the board took a different approach on Sept. 17. Board members decided to examine how fund raising affected both student groups and the community before approving the remaining annual requests.

RSU 25 has a policy in place governing student-based fund raising, but the board believes that policy also needs a closer look.

“We have policies regarding fund-raising organizations, but what we don’t have is a big philosophical approach to it,” Superintendent Jim Boothby said. “This is going to give the board a chance to see what is really happening and decide if any changes need to be made.”

Board member Sue Bernier, who represents Verona Island, was named the new committee’s chairman.

The committee will consist of coaches, parents, school personnel and other community members involved in student-based fund raising.

Boothby expects the new committee to meet in early December.

In other action, the board approved the senior class trip. The Class of 2014 will visit Boston and Canobie Lake, a New Hampshire amusement park. The class will take its trip during a weekend in either April or May, according to Boothby.

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Bill Pearson

Bill Pearson

Former Ellsworth American reporter worked at the Piscataquis Observer for 3.5 years before joining the American. The Corinna native served one term on the SAD 48 Board of Directors.