RSU 24 Negotiating Bus Space, Eliminates Four Ed Tech Positions

HANCOCK — The newly-formed Regional School Unit 24 (RSU 24) board has authorized School Superintendent Bill Webster to negotiate cost and lease terms for a 7,500-square foot space in Hancock that would be used as a maintenance garage for the bus fleet.

In other action, the board asked Webster to explore three options for central office space and  approved the elimination of four educational technician I positions — two at Sumner Memorial High School and two at Mountain View School in Sullivan — and approved a plan to run the Otis school system, the only town that opted not to join the RSU.

RSU 24, which met April 14 at Hancock Grammar School, includes Eastbrook, Ellsworth, Franklin, Gouldsboro, Hancock, Lamoine, Mariaville, Sorrento, Steuben, Sullivan, Waltham and Winter Harbor.

The board also authorized Webster to come to a lease agreement with Alden Bunker Properties Inc. for the maintenance garage space in Hancock for RSU 24’s bus fleet.

Webster said the space is comparable to the space now used in Ellsworth and is more centrally located for the new RSU.

The board also approved a draft agreement between RSU 24 and the Otis School Committee to provide a framework for operating the Beech Hill School in Otis. The school is shared by the towns of Otis and Mariaville, but Otis residents voted not to join the RSU. The Otis School Committee was due to vote on the draft agreement April 15.

The options for central office space that Webster will be exploring are moving the RSU 24 administration to the Mill Mall in Ellsworth; moving to and expanding the School Union 92 offices on Washington Junction Road, or closing one of three present school administration offices.

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Nicole Ouellette

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