Superintendent's Welcome!

May 18, 2021
 
Greetings from RSU #24,
 
I hope this email finds you well and enjoying the warmer weather and the green grass and flowers that comes with this time of year.  It is hard to believe that we have less than a month left of the school year.  As difficult as the school year has been for many, it has gone by very quickly!
 
Please do not forget to visit your local voting stations on June 8th.  The Budget Referendum Vote will take place on this day and your support is needed.  We have worked hard to create a budget that meets the needs of our students and respects the ability of our communities to support the school district.   The total local assessment for the school district is up $146,387.94 or 1.13%.    The total Adult Education budget is up $572.69 or 0.2%.   Considering the drop in our student enrollment due to the pandemic and resulting financial impact, I am pleased with the budget that we are putting forward for the referendum.  We will be having the formal presentation of the Fiscal Year 2022 budget on May 26 at 6:30 p.m.  In addition you can go to the district webpage (rsu24.org) to access the final budget documents.
 
The new building project is moving along at a fast pace.  If you go to https://vimeo.com/550060030, you will be able to access the latest drone footage of the project.  
 
Here are some important dates for those who are interested.  The end of year activities will follow the COVID guidelines as adapted for our schools and programs with the goal of making sure each participant is safe.  Class Night for Sumner Memorial High School is Monday, June 7th.  Promotion for Mountain View and Ella Lewis is June 8.  Cave Hill and Peninsula School promotion will take place June 9.  Sumner's Graduation is on Thursday, June 10th.  The Adult Education graduation ceremony will take place on June 9th and the Certificate Ceremony will take place on June 16th.  The specifics for these ceremonies will be communicated by the school or program.  The final student day of school for the 2020-2021 school year is June 11th.  
 
Although I feel bad that we will need to continue to operate in a format impacted by the COVID guidelines for the remainder of the year, this is still an exciting time of the year for our students, staff, and parents.   I am grateful to our students, our parents, and the many staff members who have done their best to make this year as successful as possible.  The unprecedented nature of the last year and a half have had a profound impact on our district and our summer vacation is very much needed by all. 
 
If you have any questions or comments regarding the school district, please don't hesitate to send me an email at meastman@rsu24.org.  Thank you for your continued support of our school district.
 
 
Sincerely,
 
Michael Eastman
2165 US Highway 1
Sullivan, Maine 04664