RSU 13 directors unanimously approve Many Flags governance plan
Rockland — The Regional School Unit 13 school board on Thursday, Oct. 5, unanimously approved the Many Flags/One Campus governance structure in a vote of 10-0.
One member of the board was absent from the meeting.
Many Flags is an educational concept for Knox County and Midcoast Maine designed to develop a high performing learning environment that will balance career and technical education with traditional academic education on an integrated campus, according to the organization's website.
Developers of the concept seek to have one campus for a high school, vocational school and post-secondary educational facility in the Midcoast. They have not found a campus site, however.
The plan approved Thursday was part of a proposal calling for the creation of an 11-member board for the governance of Many Flags.
The members of that new board would be appointed by the boards of the individual sending school districts. RSU 13, RSU 40, the Five Town Community School District, and the Mid-Coast School of Technology, or Region 8, would each have two representatives on the board. Also on the board would be one representative for the three islands of Vinalhaven, North Haven and Islesboro, and one member each for the Maine Community College and the University of Maine systems.
The RSU 13 board decided Thursday night to wait until its Nov. 1 directors meeting for the presence of a full board to elect its two representatives to a new Many Flags board.
The Five Town Community School District and the Region 8 vocational board also had given their approval.
The RSU 40 board, meanwhile, voted against the plan on the same night at its meeting in Waldoboro.
On Oct. 5, one day after the successful and unsuccessful votes, Alan Hinsey, executive director for the Many Flags Foundation, said the 15-member steering committee is slated to meet Oct. 15 and take up the changes owing to the RSU 40 defeat.
"We could vote to reduce the size of the board, or re-distribute the number of representatives," he said. "The important thing is that we are still going forward."
The success of the Many Flags plan depends partially on the ability of each of the school districts to agree to common scheduling and flexibility.
At the RSU 13 meeting Thursday, director Loren Andrews of Cushing, a member of the Many Flags Steering Committee, said his panel will take up the scheduling issue at its Oct. 15 meeting.
The four regional school districts originally had agreed to allow the Many Flags Foundation to use a portion of its grants to provide the funding to study the existing school day schedules used throughout the region, and to recommend the steps needed to move toward a common regional school scheduling system, stated the Many Flags website.
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