New chapter for Many Flags

Mar 10, 2014
Photo by: Kim Lincoln Many Flags Executive Director Audrey Lovering talks about the next phase of the organization at a March 6 Regional School Unit 13 Board meeting.

Rockland — In the spring of 2013, a new chapter for Many Flags began as representation from Regional School Units 40, 13, Five Towns Community School District, Midcoast School of Technology, the islands, and University of Maine System gathered as a complete Board of Directors.

“The Board took some time to review the past promises and expectations, to listen to each others concerns and wishes, to acknowledge the past was painful for some districts, and to determine how best to move forward in a realistic and feasible way. Many Flags still envisions a Midcoast Maine where economic security and educational success passes from one generation to the next,"  said Loren Andrews, Board chairman of Many Flags, in a news release.

“Most importantly,” he added, “Many Flags has not deterred from its original mission, or to be the ‘many flags of collaboration’ of the educational institutions in our region working together for educational and economic opportunity.”

Over the past several months, the Many Flags Board of Directors worked to develop the organization into a regional collaborative that supports access to innovative educational programming, shared services, and economic opportunities to help raise aspirations and attainment for all community members.

As a collaborative, Many Flags will implement a wide range of initiatives to meet the needs in education and workforce development. With the financial assistance from the John T. Gorman Foundation, the first initiative is to sponsor a regional high school teacher development workshop day Friday, March 14.

“The regional professional development day next week offers a glimpse of what we can do together in our region and of how Many Flags can provide that kind of support to our schools, to our districts, and to their staff and students," according to Audrey Lovering, executive director of Many Flags.

“The energy and passion of our area’s principals, superintendents, and others from school districts who have worked together on this has been inspiring and exciting, and we are so pleased to help and support them in the great work they do.”

More information about Many Flags is available on the website: manyflags.org.

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