Superintendent Report #CarrabecProud
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 August 4, 2021.
B. a. MSMA Updates:
C. Legislative Update:
There are a number of bills that we are keeping our eyes on that will ultimately affect education. There are a few on health/wellness and security of students and staff based on responses to the pandemic. Additionally, there are bills concerning special education which could end up giving less authority to school districts, and become quite costly to the district.
A couple of LD’s of interest:
LD 1679 -An act to address student hunger- although this does not influence our district much since we are already a Community Eligible Program (CEP) (meaning all students eat for free already). The change for the state is a new 34 million dollar piece of legislation feeding all students in Maine breakfast and lunch regardless of SIS.
LD 1198, increases school district allowance of fund balances from 3% to 5%.
D. Policy Update:
N/A -No new information for local policy at this time.
III. Budget and Finance:
A. State Level:
The Governor’s newest proposed change to the GPA for public education, achieving the state’s 55% of the cost of education in Maine, recently passed both houses and appropriations which decreases the local share by almost $200,000 here in RSU #74. This will be discussed and acted on at our next meeting.
B. Finance Local:
The RSU #74 School Budget passed by almost a 2:1 vote district wide. This is a positive response from the public for the last 2 years in a row. Annual audit will take place this month (July 2021).
There is an abundance of work being done across the district at this time. Ms. Agren will update the Board at our next meeting.
V. Principal’s Reports: (GSS, Solon, CSS and CHS)
There are no administrator reports in July.
VI. Mr. Tracy Updates and Board Meeting Information:
Future Board Meetings:
Since there have been limited cases of COVID-19 in our state, and the Governor has lifted all orders, and has lifted the “civil state of emergency,” effective July 1, 2021, I am recommending that our school district should follow suit. All day time restrictions (i.e. the 6 requirements for reopening), have become recommendations. Additionally, the CDC has said, for any person vaccinated, they can return to all pre-pandemic activities. With this, it is likely that I will recommend procedures and conditions in our district to follow suit.
55% decreasing the overall local contribution:
The Governor’s newest proposed change to the GPA for public education, achieving the state’s 55% of the cost of education in Maine, recently passed both houses and appropriations which decreases the local share by almost $200,000 here in RSU #74. I will be recommending that the total adjusted amount listed in the newest ED279, in the amount of $199,680.00 be passed on to the taxpayers.
Admin. Evaluations and Retreat:
All administrative evaluations have been completed. And, the annual Administrative Team retreat is scheduled for August 11th and 12th at UMF.
COVID-19 Update: July 1 2021:
We will no longer be providing a COVID-19 update.