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  • Dept. of Education: Pause not an option for Freeport-Pownal-Durham RSU

    FREEPORT — Although some residents of Regional School Unit 5 want to pause the Freeport-Pownal-Durham school consolidation process for a year, state Education Commissioner Susan Gendron said Monday night that the only legal action the School Board can take is to move forward with an operating...

  • RSU 5 delays budget vote, wants to put brakes on reorganization; state won't allow it

    FREEPORT — Some members of the Regional School Unit 5 Board of Trustees want to press the state for a timeout in the consolidation of Freeport, Pownal and Durham schools. But Superintendent Shannon Welsh and other board members disagree. They say the legal implications would be de...

  • Pownal faces 'perfect storm' after education chief withdraws offer to offset school taxes

    FREEPORT — Only days after she offered the Pownal School Department a $190,000 grant to help offset a potential 36 percent tax increase, state Education Commissioner Susan Gendron on Monday night withdrew the offer.

  • Update: Pownal to get state funds to help offset school tax increase

    FREEPORT — State Education Commissioner Susan Gendron offered Pownal a one-time grant of $190,000 Thursday to help alleviate the town's increased tax burden as a result of its participation in Regional School Unit 5. According to a press release on the

  • Pownal vote seeks to repeal school consolidation; no answers for RSU budget woes

    FREEPORT — Pownal residents upset by a 36 percent tax increase in the Regional School Unit 5 budget have forced a vote on repeal of school consolidation. Pownal now joins the ranks of other small Maine towns dissatisfied with consolidation. Citizens in Etna, Dixmont and Steuben, commu...

  • RSU budget shrinks, but Pownal taxpayers still pay more

    FREEPORT — Despite adjustments that reduced the proposed Regional School Unit 5 budget to $23.5 million for fiscal 2010, Pownal residents still face a 36 percent increase in taxes. At an April 15 public budget hearing, Superintendent of Schools Shannon Welsh and school administrat...

  • Pownal's costs rise 300% in proposed RSU budget

    FREEPORT — Pownal residents are reportedly "outraged" by a proposed $24 million budget for Regional School Unit 5 that would increase the schools' share of their property taxes by an estimated $1,500 per household.

  • Freeport RSU proposes $24M budget

    FREEPORT — A preliminary fiscal 2010 budget of $24 million for Regional School Unit 5 was presented at a workshop Saturday, three days after a superintendent was selected to run the district.

  • Durham school chief tapped by RSU 5

    FREEPORT — Shannon Welsh, superintendent of School Union 30 in Durham, was named chief of Regional School Unit 5 last week. She was narrowly selected over Freeport and Pownal Superintendent Elaine Tomaszewski after a 2 1/2-hour closed-door meeting of the RSU board.

  • School chief search puts RSU budget on hold

    FREEPORT — Regional School Unit 5 has delayed its budget process because selection of a superintendent of schools has taken longer than planned.