Northport's Withdrawal Committee
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.
Co-Chair Belfast Withdrawal Committee