Superintendent's Report

Superintendent Report

From: Mike Tracy, Superintendent

Date: 05-01-19

To: RSU # 74 School Board

I. Legal/Risk:

A. Current Legal Update:


II. Governance / Policy:

A. Current Local Update:

1. Next REGULAR RSU #74 Board Meeting is scheduled for June 5, at 6:00 pm

2. No Subcommittee meetings scheduled at this time

B. a. MSMA Updates:



C. Legislative Update:

  1. Nothing new to discuss.

D. Policy Update:

There have been revisions to school district policies: DJ, DJ-R, EFE,GCFB, JLCC, JLCD.  The two financial policies (DJ and DJ-R) have simply been updated to meet federal procurement regulations and minimum purchasing requirements.  Competitive Food Sales, policy EFE...have been updated to reflect changes in the law (termination of Chapter 51, and corresponding language and newer Smart Snack requirements).  In the policy GBFB - Recruiting and Hiring of Administrative Staff, we simply added the non-discrimination language recommended by MSMA. After meeting with the school district nurse we found we needed to update two medical policies (JLCC and JLCD), the first one simple language revisions are noted, including readmittance clearance from a medical physician requirement (after a declared communicable disease absence), and new language was initiated regarding the administering of medical marijuana in the administering medicine policy by new legislation and legal updates.  All policies that have been updated have been vetted by the policy subcommittee.

III. Budget and Finance:

A. State Level:  


B. Finance Local:

School Budget Hearing was held on April 25th 2019, and after almost 3 hours of discussion, the budget passed as presented.  This is great news!

IV. Operations:

A. Facilities  Department:


B. Transportation Department:


C. Governance:

The RSU #74 School committee will discuss how they would like to respond to a recent communication from MSAD #58 in reference to potentially sharing central office services in the future.

V. Principal’s Reports:  (GSS, Solon, CSS and CHS)

VI. Academics and Instruction:

CCS Emergency Day Waiver:

We recently received correspondence from the Department of Education regarding the emergency cancelation day for Carrabec COmmunity School when there was a fire next door.  We have worked to find ways to make-up the day, buy found they would not meet current law, or would be too costly. We are please to say that we have been granted a waiver for that day, and as such the day will not need to be made up.


The RSU #74 School board will take action on the re-hiring of all probationary teachers at their next meeting.  Mr. Tracy will provide a slate of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year probationary staff.

Rural Maine Attendance Summit:

One of the major district-wide efforts which the schools have been working on this year, has been improving attendance.  I would like to applaud the administrative team and social workers as well as the teaching staff as there has been a significant amount of work getting students in the schools this year!  On April 12th, RSU #74 hosted a day-long event at Jeff’s Catering in Brewer involving more than 20 other school district and involved more than 100 people. We learned about becoming trauma informed and meeting the needs of the new generation of students that we have in our schools today.  The day was informative and had many positive reviews.