RSU 40 to welcome St. George high school students
Union — The Regional School Unit 40 Board of Directors voted unanimously March 6 to accept St. George high school students if the town withdraws from RSU 13.
The board voted to become the "school of record," which means Medomak Valley High School would become the official high school for St. George students who would want to attend RSU 40.
"This is truly a win-win situation," said Interim Superintendent Michael Cormier following the board approval.
As part of a counterproposal, RSU 13 has stated Oceanside High School East and West will not accept St. George students. Negotiations are still in the works.
Cormier said the Five Town Community School District approved acceptance of St. George students March 5, but Camden Hills was not interested in being the school of record due to lack of state subsidy.
Transportation was a concern to some board members, and Cormier clarified that RSU 40 would not be financially responsible for that.
Cormier has met with proponents of the St. George withdrawal.
"We would accept students as tuitioned students and draw up a memorandum of understanding," said Cormier.
Cormier said St. George cannot withdraw from RSU 13 without obtaining a school of record. He also said St. George will pay tuition and all the costs associated with educating its children.
By state tuition rates, RSU 40 spends $8,229 per pupil, and St. George would be required to pay $8,262 per student to the district.
Camden Hills has signed the memorandum of understanding, according to Cormier. RSU 40 receives 45 percent in state subsidy, while Camden receives very little, he said.
"We will get enough state subsidy that it would cover if we had to hire additional personnel," said Cormier. "You have room in classrooms to put these children without adding more staff. It will generate revenue for you."
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