St. George public hearing about withdrawal postponed
St. George — A public meeting slated for Thursday, June 26 to inform citizens about educational issues should the town withdraw from the district has been postponed as the Regional School Unit 13 board is set to vote on a withdrawal agreement the same night.
The meeting is expected to be rescheduled for early July, said an email from the St. George Withdrawal Committee.
The committee's presence may be required at the district board meeting, so the informational hearing has been postponed.
Withdrawal Committee Chairman Terry Driscoll has said the district and committee are closer to reaching an agreement, and discussions between attorneys leads him to be hopeful they will be able to come to terms favorable to both parties.
"These things are never done until they are done, but we are hopeful and cautious," Driscoll said in a previous telephone interview.
The town is set to vote on whether to withdraw in November and create an independent K-8 school district.
William Reinhardt, chairman of the St. George Select Board, said once an agreement is reached, it must be sent to the Commissioner of Education Jim Rier for approval.
Interim Superintendent Michael Wilhelm said June 12 the district is still negotiating with the town, and cannot discuss stipulations of a possible agreement. Although he said the parties are getting closer to an arrangement, he would not confirm the board will vote on a compromise. "It is still a work in progress," he said.
Should the town withdraw, it is required to have an agreement with a secondary school to accept their students. Thus far, Camden Hills Regional High School and Medomak Valley High School (RSU 40) have given the go-ahead in agreeing to enroll the St. George school population.
The district's withdrawal committee, tasked to negotiate with St. George, is comprised of school board members Donald Robishaw Jr., Christine Curtis, Esther Kilgour and Steven Roberts.
The school board will meet Thursday, June 26, at 6:30 p.m at the McLain School in Rockland.
Courier Publications reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.