Select board meeting set for Jan. 28

Rockport school mulls acceptance of St. George students

By Juliette Laaka | Jan 22, 2013
Town education committee members from left, Terry Driscoll and Don Choquette, brief the select board on options for district withdrawal following public acceptance of a non-binding referendum Nov. 6.  Board members, pictured from left, Chairman John Snow, Town Manager John Falla, Bill Reinhardt and Donald Lunt consider committee suggestions.

St. George — If St. George decides to withdraw from Regional School Unit 13, Camden Hills Regional High School would consider accepting students from the peninsula, said Five Town Community School District and School Administrative District 28 Superintendent Elaine Nutter.

Committee Chairman Terence Driscoll and St. George Selectman William Reinhardt met with local superintendents to determine the ability and willingness of area districts to accept St. George students should the town withdraw from RSU 13.

Driscoll said meetings were held with administrators from RSU 40, including Waldoboro, and Five Town CSD, including Camden.

On Monday, Jan. 28, the committee will meet with St. George select board members to make a recommendation on how to proceed — whether to withdraw or stay within RSU 13.

The meeting is slated for 7 p.m. at St. George Town Office.

Although residents voted to proceed with withdrawal through a non-binding referendum on Nov. 6, the select board is tasked with making the ultimate decision about what is  best for the town and local students.

Driscoll described both meetings with superintendents as "amicable."

Nutter said the district would consider accepting St. George students at the state-set tuition rate.

Camden Hills Regional High School was built to accommodate 750 students — there are 669 students enrolled now.

There are 28 seventh-graders at the St. George school out of 180 total students in the K-7 school. A total of eighth-graders from St. George attending Oceanside High School West in Thomaston were not immediately available.

Committee member Don Choquette said the committee has gone over a lot of questions, considered the pluses and minuses of the situation, and tried to do what they can to help the district, including submitting a letter of recommendation in regards to the strategic plan.

Personally, Choquette said he believes the relationship between the committee and district is good, adding the superintendent has been helpful and the school board has been receptive to questions.

Choquette said he is unsure of the specific recommendation that will be given to the select board next week.

Courier Publications reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 118 or via email at jlaaka@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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