Northport's Withdrawal Committee

By Steven Hutchings | Sep 16, 2012

Northport Taxpayers and Parents:

 

The Belfast Withdrawal Committee along with other towns of the former SAD 34 will begin to write a plan for withdrawal from RSU 20 this coming Monday.

We are writing a plan that includes the former six towns of SAD 34, however, according to Deb Riley, the Northport Committee is asking the state for a 90 day extension to continue to research the issue. State statue dictates that all committees come up with an alternative plan to RSU 20 as quickly as possible. At this point the Northport Committee (Deb Riley, Trudy Eldridge, Paul Rooney, Reeves Gilmore) has not aligned their plan with Belfast, Morrill, and Searsmont (Belmont is just waiting to hear from the state and Swanville has to have another vote due to a technicality, the first vote was positive) We feel that these towns will hopefully join us to form a system that resembles former SAD 34.

In three weeks we expect to be negotiating with RSU 20 and it is our concern that if Northport is not committed to the combined plan, we cannot include them in the negotiations. Last Monday's meeting in Belfast was well attended by other committees and parents and was also televised on the local cable station. The entire two hour meeting was also posted to Youtube. It is an excellent source of information and can be found by searching Withdrawal RSU 20.

We are hoping parents and concerned citizens can attend the Northport Withdrawal Committee's meeting on Thursday, Sept. 20th at 6:30 at the Town Office. Our biggest fear is that any town that is not a member of the combined plan when we start negotiating will continue to be part of RSU 20 for the 2013 - 2014 school year.

Sincerely,

Steve Hutchings

Co-Chair Belfast Withdrawal Committee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments (2)
Posted by: Debora Riley | Sep 18, 2012 16:26

All Northport residents are welcome to attend the RSU Withdrawal Committee meetings. The more imput the better. As for Northport, it may well join Belfast and other towns of the former MSAD # 34 in developing a withdrawal plan, however; we're not there yet. Belfast started the process earlier than Northport. To keep pushing Northport is neither productive or helpful. The Committee has a job to do and we're doing it, maybe not at Belfast's pace, but we're doing it. It's my recollection I was a 5th grader when Northport joined MSAD # 34 and the RSU is three years-old, so that would've made MSAD # 34  43 years-old before it dissolved to form the RSU. That's a long time I would agree. I also remember how Northport considered withdrawal from MSAD # 34 four times in the 1990's. I was on the school board then, too. So, this is Northport's fifth time looking at withdrawal from a school system. I can remember how unhappy Northport residents were with the way Belfast treated them during some of that time. Paying the second highest amount into the MSAD, behind Belfast, for the small number of Northport students in the school system made many wish for another way to educate their students. The four times in the 1990's Northport realized it couldn't afford to educate its students on its own, as it was way too costly. I suspect that may still be the outcome of this investigation as The Committee tries to explore ALL options. Belfast's efforts to push Northport into an agreement to form a school system resembling the former MSAD # 34 with them, on their time schedule, feels a bit like being bullied on the playground. Remember,.....I was just a 5th grader when it all began......and to that I say, "Belfast, please be patient with us, we're no longer children you can push around to get what you want. If Northport helps reunite the former MSAD # 34 it will be because Northport wants to, not because Belfast has run roughshod over them to once again get what they want."



Posted by: Debora Riley | Sep 18, 2012 16:26

All Northport residents are welcome to attend the RSU Withdrawal Committee meetings. The more imput the better. As for Northport, it may well join Belfast and other towns of the former MSAD # 34 in developing a withdrawal plan, however; we're not there yet. Belfast started the process earlier than Northport. To keep pushing Northport is neither productive or helpful. The Committee has a job to do and we're doing it, maybe not at Belfast's pace, but we're doing it. It's my recollection I was a 5th grader when Northport joined MSAD # 34 and the RSU is three years-old, so that would've made MSAD # 34  43 years-old before it dissolved to form the RSU. That's a long time I would agree. I also remember how Northport considered withdrawal from MSAD # 34 four times in the 1990's. I was on the school board then, too. So, this is Northport's fifth time looking at withdrawal from a school system. I can remember how unhappy Northport residents were with the way Belfast treated them during some of that time. Paying the second highest amount into the MSAD, behind Belfast, for the small number of Northport students in the school system made many wish for another way to educate their students. The four times in the 1990's Northport realized it couldn't afford to educate its students on its own, as it was way too costly. I suspect that may still be the outcome of this investigation as The Committee tries to explore ALL options. Belfast's efforts to push Northport into an agreement to form a school system resembling the former MSAD # 34 with them, on their time schedule, feels a bit like being bullied on the playground. Remember,.....I was just a 5th grader when it all began......and to that I say, "Belfast, please be patient with us, we're no longer children you can push around to get what you want. If Northport helps reunite the former MSAD # 34 it will be because Northport wants to, not because Belfast has run roughshod over them to once again get what they want."



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