From: Mike Tracy, Superintendent
To: RSU # 74 School Board
A. Current Legal Update:
II. Governance / Policy:
A. Current Local Update:
1. Next REGULAR RSU #74 Board meeting is scheduled for May 5th, 2021
2. Building and Grounds Sub Committee is scheduled for May 5th, 2021
B. a. MSMA Updates:
C. Legislative Update: 130th Legislative is in Session
We are monitoring about 125 bills that have the potential to affect education. Some positive, some negative, I will inform the Board with any relevant information pertaining to this.
D. Policy Update:
N/A -No new information for local policy at this time.
III. Budget and Finance:
A. State Level:
Nothing new to present.
B. Finance Local:
Mr. Tracy is presenting the preliminary FY22 School district budget at the Board's April 7th meeting. The budget has undergone the typical vetting process, including two meetings with the Finance Sub Committee.
A. Facilities Department and Transportation:
We continue to begin to work on a “Plan B” for reopening in full in the fall. Additionally, RSU #74 is putting in for a new bus purchase this summer, this requires a formal bidding process.
V. Principal’s Reports: (GSS, Solon, CSS and CHS)
Building administrators to report.
VI. Mr. Tracy Updates and Board Meeting Information:
School District Budget:
The school district budget process is underway. The Selectmen from each town have been invited to our school budget meetings.
What to do with Carryover:
The Finance Sub Committee has decided that splitting the appropriate carry-over amount between the taxpayers and the capital reserve account would be the most responsible way to manage the fund balance this year. An action item for the RSU #74 School Board will allow them to support the $125,000 recommended amount (or not) to be moved into the Capital Reserve Account. Deciding to approve that recommendation, will prompt the item to be on the Warrant as an article to be approved by the taxpayers at their public district budget meeting.
Mr. Tracy intends to host a community Zoom meeting, just after April Vacation to inform families regarding the end of the year plans, spring athletic updates, budget implications, and plan A and B for the fall.
Student Calendar Changes:
The end of the year is coming fast. The May 12th early release day has been cancelled, and April 16th and June 10th scheduled early release days will all run on the current Elementary 12:30 dismissal schedule.
COVID-19 Update: As of February 24, 2021:
0 active cases, and, (1) HS close contact, (2) CCS close contacts, (0) at Garret Schenck and Solon