RSU 24 Superintendent Says Consolidation Saving Classrooms



ELLSWORTH — School consolidation has saved Ellsworth classrooms, Regional School Unit 24 Superintendent Bill Webster said at the City Council meeting Monday.

RSU 24 Superintendent Bill Webster updates city councilors on school consolidation progress. — JENNIFER OSBORN
RSU 24 Superintendent Bill Webster updates city councilors on school consolidation progress. — JENNIFER OSBORN

Webster presented the council with an update on school consolidation.

The superintendent cited cuts from state aid to education and the area’s increased state valuation, which results in reduced aid for schools. The cuts total $1, 077,000.

“Without consolidation, we wouldn’t have been able to weather the storm as well as we have,” Webster said.

RSU 24 cut $553,000 from the budget by eliminating central office positions, combining property insurances and consolidating milk purchases for seven schools into one contract, among others, Webster said.

Ellsworth’s share of the $553,000 savings is $182,000 or nearly 33 percent.

RSU 24 will hold public hearings over the next six weeks to hear from residents and outline the challenges ahead, consolidation, RSU 24’s mission and vision and the upcoming budget year.

2010-2011 Budget Timeline

  • March-April: RSU 24 board budget workshops open to the public.
  • May: RSU 24 board approval and meetings with municipal officials.
  • May 26: RSU 24 budget meeting
  • June 8: Referendum vote

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