RSU 25 congratulated for strong student preparation efforts

BUCKSPORT — Regional School Unit 25 received a pat on the back in a letter from state Sen. Edward Youngblood (R-Penobscot County) that was presented at the school board’s Feb. 26 meeting.

In the letter, Youngblood congratulated Principal Dan Clifford and staff of Bucksport High School (BHS) for “their continued efforts of improving the quality of students entering college.”

The letter explains that for a number of years, the University of Maine and the Community College System have had a number of students entering their institutions needing remedial work.

Remedial work could include classes students have taken in high school, but that are not sufficient at the college level. This requires the students to take the class again.

In the letter, Youngblood noted that for the 2012 incoming class at the University of Maine 12.1 percent of the incoming students needed remedial work.

“This is quite an improvement from the 24 percent to 39 percent of incoming students in the region as published by the New England Board of Higher Education,” Youngblood wrote.

The Community College System reported a rate of 50.2 percent of incoming students needing remedial work.

So far, BHS has enrolled 23 students in the University of Maine system and five or fewer needed remedial coursework.

RSU 25 Superintendent Jim Boothby said, “I’m very pleased to receive this kind of feedback. It’s good to know what we’re doing for the students is working.”

BHS Principal Dan Clifford said, “We were very excited to receive the letter from Senator Youngblood.

“Preparing our students for life after high school is obviously a high priority for any high school, and to be recognized by legislation on our school’s progress is very rewarding,” Clifford said. “Students are leaving BHS ready for the rigor of college courses and we are proud of that.”

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Amanda Greenberg

Former Ellsworth American reporter Amanda Greenberg joined the staff in October 2012 after graduating from the University of Maine in Orono. Originally from Toronto, Ontario, Amanda moved to Maine when she was nine.