BELFAST — Regional School Unit 71 will gather 100-plus people, representing a broad cross-section of community members, staff, students and administration, to meet for two days in April to create a common vision for the district’s future.

Business leaders, municipal officials, students, parents, school employees, community partners, press, and others representing a broad range of roles, have been invited to participate in the Future Search event April 8 and 9 at the Hutchinson Center in Belfast. Additional members of the public who would like to participate may register through the superintendent’s office.

The two-day event will start with a session on Friday afternoon that will begin at 4 p.m. and end at 8 p.m. Registration is at 3:30 p.m. Dinner will be provided. Saturday’s session will begin at 8 a.m. and conclude by 3 p.m.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Judy Sanders, an experienced facilitator and former public school administrator will lead the two-day event using a process known as Future Search. Augusta, Gardiner, Readfield, Cape Elizabeth and many other Maine communities have created strategic education plans based on the work completed during the Future Search.

RSU 71 Superintendent Mary Alice McLean sees the timing of this process as beneficial. “The education landscape has gone through enormous change over the last two years,” she said in a press release.  “Now is the time to bring school and community members together to develop our vision of education for all children in the coming years.”

The vision created during these two days will inform an education plan developed later in the spring.

Registration will close on March 22.  Space is limited.

For more information, contact RSU 71 Assistant Superintendent Laura Miller at or 338-1960