7-7-2020 Press Release

posted Jul 7, 2020, 12:25 PM by Dave Fournier   [ updated Jul 8, 2020, 10:22 AM ]

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 71

To: RSU 71 Community

Date: Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Re: Press Release regarding Budget Referendum for FY 21


Press Release:

For Immediate Release- July 7, 2020


It came to the attention of our attorneys at Drummond Woodsum that the referendum documents that the firm had prepared for approving our 2020-2021 School Budget for RSU # 71 contained a very serious error.


Therefore, we held an Emergency RSU # 71 School Board Meeting on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, at 1:00 pm via ZOOM at which time the School Board voted to rescind the Budget Referendum that had been scheduled for July 14 and to schedule a new Budget Referendum for Tuesday, August 18. The School Board also voted to hold a new Budget Hearing for Tuesday, August 4, 2020, at 5:30 pm via ZOOM in order to provide another opportunity for members of the public to share feedback and make public comments about the FY 2021 Proposed School Budget. 


The mail-in ballots that have been received by the City of Belfast and the Towns of Swanville, Belmont, Morrill, and Searsmont will, with regard to the RSU # 71 referendum, be null and void. All the state and local votes ballots will remain valid. Citizens will have an opportunity to vote on the proposed school budget -- which has not changed -- by absentee ballot or in-person on Tuesday, August 18.

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