Petition to withdraw from RSU 13 circulating in Thomaston

By Beth A. Birmingham | Jan 22, 2014
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham

Thomaston — Amid the controversy in Regional School Unit 13, a group of concerned citizens in Thomaston are circulating a petition to withdraw from the school district.

Nineteen signatures had been collected on one of the petitions at Thomaston Grocery by Jan. 22, including store owner John Vigue.

Vigue, who has a daughter in RSU 13 schools, declined to be specific about the reason for the petition.

"I think it's fairly obvious," he said.

The petitions began circulating at the beginning of this week — a week that includes numerous public and private meetings in an attempt to try to work out the financial and leadership troubles the district has been experiencing.

Thomaston residents follow St. George in the attempt to withdraw from RSU 13.

"I was waiting for something like this to come," said Selectman Peter Lammert after learning about the petition. "If I still had children in the district I would not be happy with the situation either," he added.

Lammert said he had a "very upset mother come to me in the town office last week. She said I don't know why someone isn't doing something about this."

RSU 13 serves the towns of St. George, Owls Head, South Thomaston, Thomaston, Rockland and Cushing.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at

Comments (7)
Posted by: Amanda Brown | Feb 03, 2014 10:36

I wish things would go back to the way they were.  I hope it gets better before my little one starts school.

Posted by: Jennifer J Dostie Stewart | Jan 22, 2014 20:46

Where do I sign?

Posted by: Valerie Wass | Jan 22, 2014 19:56

unfortunate but true.  since there was no plan for the future of RSU 13 when started, doesn't take much to know that it would down hill in a hand basket.


Posted by: Kevin P Robertson | Jan 22, 2014 18:42

The current system simply doesn’t seem to be working.  I’d be in favor of going back to the way it used to be, having decisions made locally.

Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Jan 22, 2014 17:07

It is time for change, but it needs to start with our thinking. An attitude of gratitude and celebrating what is right while fixing what is wrong.  Come on, folks, we are better than this.

Posted by: James D Millay | Jan 22, 2014 16:45

They should have left in alone in the first place!!!!!!

Posted by: George C. Hall & Sons, Inc | Jan 22, 2014 16:21

Is anyone really surprised?

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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.

Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington and RSU40.

Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.

Aside from photography, Beth enjoys working out, ocean therapy sessions and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 16.

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