A social service agency that announced last month it was closing has filed for bankruptcy.

But the Rockland-area school district, with the help of the state Education Department, managed to save the after-school program that had been under the auspices of Broadreach Family and Community Services through the Youthlinks program.

Broadreach filed June 4 for Chapter 7 bankruptcy with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Bangor.

The Belfast-based organization listed liabilities of $676,227, largely the mortgages on its Stephenson Lane office property in Belfast and its Youthlinks property on Broadway in Rockland. The organization also owes nearly $124,000 to the state in unpaid taxes.

The Maine Bureau of Revenue Services filed liens Feb. 4 in both the Knox and Waldo County registries of deeds for unpaid service provider taxes from 2015 through 2018. The amount of tax unpaid was nearly $90,000, with penalties and interest bringing the total tab to $123,927.

Broadreach announced its closure in a May 25 news release.

The board held a special meeting May 28 and gave the go-head to file for bankruptcy.

Assets include the two properties, two paintings worth a total of $32,000. Cash in the bank of nearly $22,000, and receivables of $106,000.

There is also about $300,000 owed to numerous creditors, for which there is no property attached as collateral. A meeting of creditors is scheduled for July 9.

Attorney Nathaniel Hull of the Portland law firm of Verrill Dana is the trustee for the bankruptcy filing.

Sharon Goguen, chair of the Broadreach Board, filed a statement with the court, saying that the bankruptcy filing was in the best interest of the corporation.

As late as Feb. 25, Broadreach Executive Director Todd Goodwin offered no hint of the financial distress faced by the nonprofit organization. Goodwin responded to a newspaper article about the state liens.

"Broadreach remains a viable and robust agency providing much-needed services to many hundreds of vulnerable individuals and families throughout the Midcoast. The agency is in good standing with our state partners," Goodwin said.

Three months later, the closure was announced.

"The diverse array of services offered by Broadreach Family & Community Services has been an integral part of the Midcoast area’s social safety net," agency officials said in the May 25 press release. "The agency has been honored to work with its clients, partners, stakeholders and friends to promote the health and well-being of the community."

At the June 20 Regional School Unit 13 Board meeting, Superintendent John McDonald said the district and Maine Department of Education acted quickly when Broadreach announced its closure. Broadreach, through its Youthlinks program, operates the after-school programs in RSU 13.

The district has become the fiscal agent for Youthlinks and has hired the Youthlinks staff who provided the after-school programs. The staffing and program are being paid for with the $300,000 annual federal grant that the district has received for the after-school programs.

RSU 13 Board member Gerald Weinand questioned whether the district could acquire the Youthlinks  building on Broadway, adjacent to Oceanside High School. Youthlinks manages a garden on the grounds of Oceanside High.

The Youthlinks building is a 2,300-square-foot building on a quarter-acre assessed by the city at $209,700.

The latest income tax returns fled by Broadreach show losses. The organization had $173,000 in expenses over revenues in 2017 and losses of $51,000 in 2016.