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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 Aug 10 Board Meeting, 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 here for more information.

The Waldo County Bounty, Waldo Community Action Partners, Maine Farmer’s Exchange and the Waldo County EMA office will be distributing USDA “Farm to Families Food Boxes”  on Wednesday August 19, 2020 at several locations around the County. 

Click here to see the flyer.  There are 1,320 food boxes to distribute to community members.

RSU 71 Task Force to Safely Re-Open Schools:
These are the survey results from Families (701) and Staff (114) 
regarding reopening schools to in-person classroom instruction in 2020-2021.

Click here to read the 6/29/2020 press release.

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
  • Update on school re-opening Greetings RSU # 71 Students, Families, Staff, School Board & Community,At Monday night's school board meeting the board approved:Our 3-Tiered Green-Yellow-Red Plan to Safely Return Students ...
    Posted Aug 6, 2020, 10:23 AM by Dave Fournier
  • Plan to reopen schools and upcoming meetings Greetings RSU # 71 Students, Families, Staff, School Board, and Task Force to Safely Reopen Schools for Classroom Instruction,I'd like to call your attention to two meetings and two ...
    Posted Jul 31, 2020, 11:33 AM by Dave Fournier
  • Updated links to Aug 3&4 Board meeting and public hearing Due to the inappropriate sharing of content at the May 27, 2020 BOD meeting, the Zoom meetings are now being held as webinars. Members of the public are still allowed ...
    Posted Jul 31, 2020, 5:13 AM by Dave Fournier
  • RSU 71 Task Force to Safely Re-Open Schools These are the survey results from Families (701) and Staff (114) regarding reopening schools to in-person classroom instruction in 2020-2021.Click here to read the 6/29/2020 ...
    Posted Jul 17, 2020, 6:09 AM by Dave Fournier
  • 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
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Superintendent's Message

Greetings from Mrs. McLean - July 2020

Greetings RSU # 71 Students, Families, Staff, School Board & Community,

At Monday night's school board meeting the board approved:
  1. Our 3-Tiered Green-Yellow-Red Plan to Safely Return Students to In-Person Instruction (see link below). If the trajectory of the coronavirus changes and there is an increase, or if there is a positive case of COVID-19 in our RSU # 71 community, we may quickly need to move from green/yellow to red.
  2. K-8 students will return to school full time (GREEN) on the usual schedule. Students in grades 9 - 12 will be on the YELLOW tier of the plan, back in person two days per week on the usual schedule, and learning remotely during the other three days per week. Parents may choose to have their children continue to learn remotely instead of sending them back to school in person. (There are some families whose members have underlying health conditions that put them at risk. Others are wary that until we have a vaccine that is accessible to everyone, there is no 100% guarantee of safety.)
  3. The first day back at school for K-12 has been pushed up to Wednesday, September 2 so that Open Houses for K-5 students and families and Orientations for 6th and 9th graders can take place. Among other things, we need to have everyone trained in the safety protocols required by the state of Maine.
I hope that you are all doing well and taking care. I am taking a couple of days for a silent and solitary retreat at the Transfiguration Hermitage in Windsor, Maine. It is a monastic community in a beautiful setting, and the Sisters are fabulous cooks!! It is a wonderful place for thinking and reflection and has elicited in me profound gratitude for our fabulous RSU # 71 community, which has truly come together to creatively collaborate and solve problems during a civil emergency of gargantuan proportions.

Sending you thoughts of faith in our capacity to beat the pandemic and love,  

  1. Mary Alice