Regional School Unit No. 5

Global Studies is a unique opportunity for some Freeport Middle School students to ponder over important topics that are impacting the world they live in.  They are researching, discussing and strategizing problems and solutions on a global to community impact.

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For information on the Freeport Withdrawal process, please visit the RSU5 Working Group page located here

For information on the Freeport High School renovations, please visit the Renovation Advisory Committee website at

The last day of school for students is Thursday, June 19th, Dismissal Times are as follows

DCS - 12:00 Noon
PES - 11:45 a.m.
MSS - 12:00 Noon
MLS - 12:05 p.m.
FMS - 10:55 a.m.
FHS - 11:05 a.m.



Dear Parents, Community Members, and Staff,

Don't be fooled as April arrives next week.  In one sense, April has arrived very quickly this year.  In another, it seems winter has dragged on forever.  Let's hope for beautiful spring weather this month.  No foolin'!

Schools Delivering on the Mission:  Global Studies Looks Local
Jill Grogan, Freeport Middle School parent, reports on what students are working on in Global Studies.  Students are gaining a better understanding of global issues and the impact they have on communities.  This year students have been focusing on the effects and by products of food waste. Chickens may be coming soon to a middle school near you!  Enjoy this month's informative article! 

School Calendar:
The Use of Time Committee submitted a recommended school calendar for 2014-2015 to the Board at this week's meeting.  Committee members received about 180 responses to their online survey.  As always, there were mixed opinions on a variety of topics.  The Committee recommended calendar is very similar to prior years with students beginning the year after Labor Day and a two-week break in December.  The Board will consider adoption of the proposed calendar, which can be found here, at their meeting on April 9th

Many people have been involved in the development process and we are very pleased with the healthy, respectful debate this issue has generated.  It is always a challenge to balance competing demands and the Board appreciates hearing your feedback.  Thank you for being involved in the process!

Budget FY15:
The end of March finds us beginning the FY15 budget process; focused on the best allocation of teacher and student time next year and working to ensure the continued strength of our educational programs.  We continue to invest in wage increases to remain competitive with area schools, technology, capital improvements, and teaching positions to support professional growth and student achievement. 

The recommended budget reflects a net increase of 5.17% ($1,337,243) with the following anticipated impact to each community:

Durham - an increase of - $315,016 or 7.15%
Freeport - an increase of - $715,533 or 3.35%
Pownal - an increase of - $188,939 or 6.06%

We will continue with our budget review over the next two months with the following dates scheduled as part of this process:

April 9th - Board budget review with community input 6:30 pm at Pownal Elementary School
April 30th - Board budget review with community input 6:30 pm at Durham Community School
May 7th - Final opportunity for the public to comment before Board adoption 6:30 pm Freeport High School (FHS) Cafeteria
May 14th - Final budget adoption 6:30 pm FHS Cafeteria
May 28th - Annual Budget Meeting for budget approval
June 10th - Budget validation referendum in each town

The Board encourages our citizens' involvement in this process.  Please join us for these important meetings to learn more about our budget and the quality educational program we are working to provide.  After each meeting, we will post the budget handouts at so please log on to get more information and to follow our progress. We welcome your participation!

State of the Schools:
Our State of the Schools report arrived in homes this week.  Our hope is that you have found the report informative and easy to read.  If you have not seen the report, there are hard copies available at Central Office (17 West Street, Freeport) or here on our website.

The Board is hosting a series of "Dine and Discuss" opportunities for discussion of this information.  These are scheduled before our upcoming budget meetings in each of our communities.  Each of these will be held from 5:30-6:30 pm with the first session beginning in Pownal on April 9th.  Durham's session is scheduled for April 30th and Freeport's for May 7th at Freeport High School.  We invite you to attend this community dialog on our progress to date toward our academic and financial indicators.  We hope you can attend one of these community discussions.

Upcoming Meetings: 

Wednesday, April 9th - Finance Meeting at Central Office 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 9th - Dine and Discuss at Pownal Elementary Cafeteria 5:30 p.m.
         RSU No. 5 Board of Directors' Meeting at Pownal Elementary School 6:30 p.m. 
Friday, April 18th - No School for Students - Professional Compensation Day
April 21st - 25th - April School Vacation Week
Wednesday, April 30th - Dine and Discuss at Durham Community School Cafeteria 5:30 p.m.
       RSU5 Board of Directors' Meeting at Durham Community School 6:30 p.m. 
Wednesday, May 7th -Dine and Discuss at Freeport High School Cafeteria 5:30 p.m.
       RSU5 Board of Directors' Meeting at Freeport High School 6:30 p.m.

As always, your involvement and support is greatly appreciated.  


Shannon L. Welsh, Superintendent