Oceanside students advocate for rigorous courses at community forumPublic encouraged to complete survey
Some 50 community members, staff and students attended a community forum Dec. 12 at Oceanside High School East to provide feedback on the proposed Regional School Unit 13 long-term strategic plan.
The district, which includes Rockland, Owls Head, Thomaston, South Thomaston, St. George and Cushing, is hoping to adopt a plan that covers six main categories: teaching and learning; recruitment retention and evaluation of staff; financial planning and oversight; facilities planning and management; communications and public involvement; and development and alumni relations.
Superintendent Lew Collins and Senior Class President Paige Taber brought the microphone to members of the audience who had specific questions about the plan. Comments included concerns about the lack of a specific timetable in the plan, the fact that the plan seemed “too cumbersome” and could cost too much. Several students also commented and advocated for more rigorous instruction and more challenging classes, the ability to “grow our own food” at the high school and more guidance for students about planning for post-secondary life.
The full strategic plan can be viewed at the district’s website at rsu13.org. Community members are urged to complete a survey about the plan at surveymonkey.com/s/rsu13strategicplan. To date the district has received responses from 16 community members on the survey.
The Strategic Planning Committee will meet in mid-January to review all of the community forum and survey comments. They will then recommend a final version of the plan to submit to the RSU 13 Board at its February meeting.