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24-25 Budget Documents

RSU 16 Budget Vote Information - 5/21/24 @ 6:30pm

February 12, 2024 Slides Presented to School Board

February 8, 2024 Letter

Dear RSU Staff, Students, Families and Community Members,

I commend the work of the Futures Task Force, Steering Committee and the School Board for carefully considering the information presented along with the many voices of our community members.  In December the School Board voted unanimously to maintain all three elementary schools. Although that set the course, now we must fund, fix and staff our schools.

As we embark on the start of the budget season, I will inform you weekly of the important specifics and provide you with the necessary time to review budget information and engage in any additional conversations. The coming months will undoubtedly pose challenges. However, it is crucial to reinforce that we need to have one school community thinking. Your input and collaboration are invaluable as we work towards a balanced and reasonable budget for our tax payers to staff and fix our schools.

Important Specifics

  • School Revolving Renovation Fund (SRRF) Update: RSU 16 submitted seven applications with a primary focus on HVAC as well as ADA compliance issues.  RSU 16 was only approved for a $110K ADA project at MCS.  Since we received no SRRF funding from the State, we will have to pay for the HVAC projects through a purchased leased agreement, local funds, or a bond.
  • HVAC project estimates (pre-bid): Minot Consolidated School - $2.4 million, Elm Street School - $2.7 million,  Poland Community School - $2.2 million.  Total HVAC is approximately $7.4 million.  Note: these amounts are to fix the HVAC only, they do not include the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP).  AEI assessments drive the CIP plan.
  • In the current ED 279 (how much state funded money for education), RSU 16 has seen a reduction by $751K.  In addition, each of the towns has seen an increase in the property valuations (this means the State says each town can pay more).

The School Board and Sub-Committees have been working with Operations Director, John Hawley and Business Manager, Stacie Field to thoroughly understand needs and costs.  Stacie Field has provided the bond costs (which require a referendum) for the 20-year cost to only do Minot Consolidated School and the 20-year cost to do all three elementary schools.  Click here to see costs.  Work would begin in the Summer of 2025.

Join the School Board for a crucial step forward on Monday, February 12. At 5PM, the School Board will hold a Board workshop to discuss the costs, pros and cons of only completing MCS or completing all three.  Note public participation is not available during the Workshop. The Board meeting begins at 6:30PM and welcomes public participation.  Your presence and input are encouraged as we navigate the outcome of these decisions together. 

From the Task Force weekly communication, website and community forums, all three towns know and understand the cost to retain all three elementary schools.  It is imperative to formulate a budget to finance the plan to fund, fix and staff our schools.  It is not a question of if a significant event will happen to one of our buildings, it is a question of when.  The moment has arrived to confront these significant issues affecting all three of our beloved community elementary schools.

Our website serves as the hub for district information:  https://www.rsu16.org/about/budget-information/24-25-budget-documents

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me.  Thank you for your continued dedication to our community's educational well-being.

Todd Sanders


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