RSU 24 School Board declines donated property

SULLIVAN—The Regional School Unit 24 (RSU 24) Board of Directors decided July 20 not to accept the donation of a piece of property from the Downeast Salmon Federation (DSF).

At the board’s June 15 meeting, DSF board member Alan “Chubba” Kane, proposed deeding the school district with a 6.7-acre parcel of land off Ocean House Road in Sullivan to be used for educational purposes.

“We know the importance of education for our children,” Kane said at the June meeting, adding that students and teachers would be stewards of the property and that DSF staff would work with the district to help maintain the land.

Additionally, Kane proposed placing the land in conservation easement and keeping it available to the public and fishermen.

He shared that the conservation organization had also received grants to build an amphitheater at the site.

The July 20 decision not to accept the gift followed an update from Janet Jordan, facilities and operations manager for RSU 24. She shared she had started looking into the proposal and had spoken with the school district’s attorney and insurance company, who advised acquiring the piece of property “was an inherent liability” to have the land available to the public.

Board member Jeff Alley moved to have Jordan discontinue looking into the acquisition, stating that if the board did not accept the gift, RSU 24 students would still have access to the property, without the potential “detriments” that could come from the district owning it.

Board member Andrea St. George Jones voiced her agreement with Alley, but added that the donation was a “lovely gift.”

Rebecca Alley

Rebecca Alley

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
Rebecca is the Schoodic-area reporter and covers the towns of Eastbrook, Franklin, Hancock, Lamoine, Sorrento, Sullivan, Waltham, Winter Harbor and Trenton. She lives in Ellsworth with her husband and baby boy who was joyously welcomed in June 2020. Feel free to send tips and story ideas to [email protected]

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