RSU 16 School Board
The fifteen members of the RSU 16 School Board are proud to serve the communities of Poland, Minot, and Mechanic Falls. We believe that the work we do is important and that student success must be at the heart of every decision that we make. The work of the RSU 16 School Board is supported by strong staff and administration, engaged communities, and a focused strategic plan.
In 2013, following a year of outreach, the district’s strategic plan was implemented. For the last five years the document has provided guidance as RSU 16 has addressed the vision, mission, and goals that community members helped to create. The five comprehensive goals in the RSU 16 Strategic Plan include:
A. Create equitable opportunities for students to succeed.
B. Ensure all students experience high quality staff and instruction.
C. Build community collaboration and communication.
D. Maintain and improve operations and facilities.
E. Model Excellent Governance.
The Strategic Plan has been updated annually and continues to serve as the foundation for budget and program development.
Community engagement is a thread that runs throughout the Strategic Plan and is reflected in board, administration, and school goals. It has been said that “we are the company we keep” and “a community is known by the schools it keeps.” The link between schools and the community must be strong. As a school board, we believe that family and community engagement promote stronger and more sustainable student outcomes. It is our responsibility to translate local needs into district policies and to ensure that our schools operate in a manner that reflects local values. Our recent website update is an effort to improve communication, to encourage feedback, and to share activities and accomplishments. The RSU 16 School Board is currently working on a summary document to display within our school and communities as visual reminder of the components of the RSU 16 Strategic Plan.
The RSU 16 School Board is committed to ongoing community collaboration and improved communication. We are dedicated to ensuring that all students have a high quality education experience!
“I believe that education is the key to a bright future and that strong schools make strong communities. Since retirement membership on the RSU 16 School Board has allowed me to serve the students and families in our three communities. I am proud to represent a district that is truly committed to excellence and doing what is best for all students. My children and I continue to reap the benefits of our time at Elm Street School and I am very pleased that my three grandchildren have the opportunity to be educated in RSU 16.” - Mary Martin, RSU 16 School Board Chair
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