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Press Release regarding the RSU71 Budget Approval

Click here to view a press release related to approval of the RSU #71 2020-2021 budget.

To see information on the upcoming July 13 Board Meeting and August 4 Budget Hearing, click here.

Click here to view the proposed 2020-2021 budget in it's entirety.

The RSU#71 summer feeding sites will be open beginning July 6 through August 20.

Pickup can be made at the Ames or CASS schools, Swan Lake State Park, and at the Waldo YMCA.

Click the posters below for more info.

Ames & CASS.   Swan Lake State Park.   Waldo YMCA

RSU 71 Task Force to Safely Re-Open Schools: Click here to read 6/29/2020 press release and access parent survey

Public Participation concerning Title Services: Click here for information on how to provide feedback.

PSA: The Red Cross needs blood now more than ever especially since hospitals are now opening up and conducting more surgeries. Additionally, summer  is traditionally a very challenging time for blood donations. There will be blood drives in the Belfast area on July 9 & 15 and August 6 & 26 - click here for the locations. You can also go to you to find a drive near you - just put in your zip code and it will give you a location on where to donate. Thank you!

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News and Announcements
  • 7-7-2020 Press Release Click here to see the press release with the memo from Drummond Woodsum on why the change in budget process was needed.From: Mary Alice McLean, Superintendent of Schools, RSU ...
    Posted Jul 8, 2020, 10:22 AM by Dave Fournier
  • 6-29-2020 Press Release From: Mary Alice McLean, Superintendent of Schools, RSU 71To: RSU 71 CommunityDate: June 29, 2020Re: Press Release from RSU # 71Press Release:For Immediate Release- June 29th ...
    Posted Jun 29, 2020, 10:48 AM by Betty Lu Davis
  • Summer Programs at Waterfall Arts! WATERFALL ARTS256 High StreetBelfast, ME ...
    Posted Jun 19, 2020, 3:02 AM by Christine Guerette
  • Public Participation concerning Title Services Federal funding is allotted to school districts throughout Maine through the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Application (ESEA).  Our district completes the application process, requesting funding for the following ...
    Posted Jun 8, 2020, 2:11 PM by Dave Fournier
  • RSU #71 Summer Food Program Survey The remote school year food program will end Friday, June 19, 2020.    We are eager to resume our FREE Summer Food Program for families between July 7 - July 30th (Tuesday ...
    Posted Jun 8, 2020, 2:08 PM by Dave Fournier
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Superintendent's Message

Greetings from Mrs. McLean - June 2020

Greetings, RSU # 71 Communities,    📢  

I hope that this message finds you and yours doing okay during this challenging period of the coronavirus pandemic. 

In response to this unprecedented civil emergency and the economic hardship caused by it, we have a proposed budget that is very near to a  0% increase over the FY 2020. The FY 2021 budget stands at  $28,268,293.67 compared to last year's budget of FY 19 Budget: $28,019,030.2

Due to the pandemic, the state of Maine has changed the budget process to accommodate the need for safe social distancing protocols:
  1. The school board formally voted on the proposed budget at the meeting on June 8th.
  2. Board members who were able to sign the warrant articles in person did so on June 9th.
  3. The warrant-articles will be delivered to all town offices by June 12th. 
  4. On Monday, June 22nd at 5:30 pm we will have a public forum via ZOOM during which time all townspeople who wish to speak will be able to do so. 
  5. The public will vote on the budget at the polls on July 14.
I'm writing to let you know that I would be very happy to come out to the towns of Swanville, Searsmont, Belmont, and Morrill to meet with you. (We have already met with Belfast.) Or, a safer alternative might be to meet via ZOOM. Our Director of Finance Chandra Hodgdon would like to attend, as would David Crabiel, our RSU # 71 Chair of the Budget Committee of the Board of Directors. If you like us to come out to your town or to set up a ZOOM meeting, just let me know what would work for you.

Many thanks and warm wishes for continuing health during this historic time.

Best regards,   
  1. Mary Alice