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Superintendent's Community Newsletter

Click HERE to read the February edition of the Superintendent's Community Newsletter

February 13th School Board Meeting Will Still Be Held

The School Board meeting scheduled for Wednesday, February 13, 2019 will still be held.  The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Freeport High School Library.

No School - Wednesday, February 13, 2019
We Need You! - Sustainability Advisory Committee Members Needed

We Need You! - Sustainability Advisory Committee Members Needed

At their meeting of February 6, 2019, the RSU5 Board of Directors created a Sustainability Advisory Committee.  We are looking for members of the community to serve on this committee.  Click HERE to read the committee charge and information on meeting dates/times and how to apply to be a member of the committee.

High School Field Electrical Work   NOTICE TO BIDDERS


Sealed bids will be received at the Superintendent’s Office, 17 West Street, Freeport, Maine, 04032 until 10:00 am February 28, 2019 at which time all bids will be publicly opened and read to furnish:


RSU No. 5

High School Field Electrical Work    


Specification and proposal forms may be secured at the Superintendents Office, 17 West Street, Freeport, Maine 04032

Questions:  call Dennis Ouellette 865-0928 x26

2 Hour Delay

2 Hour Delay for all RSU5 Schools - Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Board Meeting and Finance Committee Meeting Cancelled

The School Board and Finance Committee Meetings that were scheduled for tonight have been cancelled (January 9, 2019).

No School - Wednesday, January 9, 2018

All Schools in RSU5 are closed today, Wednesday, January 9, 2018

2 Hour Delay - Tuesday, January 8, 2019

There will be a 2 Hour Delay for all RSU5 Schools - Tuesday, January 8, 2019

2 Hour Delay - Thursday, January 3, 2019

January 3, 2019 - All RSU5 Schools will have a 2 hour delay.

2 Hour Delay - Monday, December 17th

There will be a 2 Hour Delay for all RSU5 Schools today - December 17th

Monday, December 17, 2018 - 2 Hour Delay

There will be a 2 Hour Delay in all RSU5 Schools today - Monday, December 17th.

November 27th - 2 Hour Delay in RSU5

All RSU5 Schools have a 2 Hour Delay Today, Tuesday, November 27th.

No School Today - Tuesday, November 20, 2018
November 16, 2018 - All Schools In RSU5 Are Closed Today
October 24, 2018 PBE Workshop - Grades K-8

The RSU5 Board of Directors will hold the workshop at their meeting on October 24th.  The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. and will be held at Pownal Elementary School.

This workshop session is open to anyone interested in learning about the latest that is going on with proficiency based education in the K-8 level. This workshop session will provide the Board the opportunity to dialogue with Administration about proficiency based education in the district’s schools.

October 16th - 2 Hour Delay for Durham Community School and Pownal Elementary School

Due to power outages there is a 2 Hour Delay for Durham Community School and Pownal Elementary School.

Community Forum on RSU5's Strategic Plan - October 2nd @ Freeport High School Cafeteria

Regional School Unit 5 is inviting the public to a forum on October 2, 2018 for the release of results from a community survey intended to help form a new vision and strategic plan for the district.

The surveys were distributed online and on paper to community members of all ages during the spring. The surveys asked community members a range of questions about what they feel the district’s strengths and weaknesses are, as well as priorities for the RSU moving forward.

The district received more than 1,200 completed surveys from parents, students, teachers, administrators and other residents of Durham, Freeport and Pownal.

A 10-person RSU5 strategic planning committee is working to develop a new vision and strategic plan to guide the district for the next 5-7 years, and the public input gathered through the community surveys, as well as a series of forums, will be used to create them.

At a forum on October 2, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at Freeport High School, committee representatives will share the results of the surveys and seek additional input from the public, who will be asked to help find common themes and priorities among the survey responses.

The last strategic plan for the district was completed in 2010.

The 10-person committee includes RSU5 Superintendent Becky Foley, RSU5 school board members Lindsay Sterling and Valy Steverlynck, community members from all three towns, as well as additional representatives from the student body, faculty, building administration and central office.

Welcome Back Message from Superintendent Foley

August 21, 2018

Dear Parents, Students and Community Members,

It is with great excitement that I welcome you to the 2018-2019 school year!  I hope your summer has been relaxing, and you have discovered ways to stay cool in Maine’s record summer heat. The heat is one means of forcing us to take some well needed downtime as it requires us to take things a bit easier.

Our work this year will continue to focus on district and building goals. Our district strategic planning committee will continue the work begun last year and concentrate on creating a new strategic plan to be Board adopted by the end of the year. Much work was done districtwide last year in creating assessments for teacher evaluation. We will continue to revise and refine the assessments as needed, but our overarching objective is to continue to implement best practices that will lead to improved student achievement at all levels.

One change that we feel will have a positive impact on student learning is the new teacher contract that was settled in late May which extends the student learning day by ten minutes. This equates to approximately an additional week of learning time and is more aligned to the length of the student learning day in surrounding districts. This additional time may impact your child’s bus schedule. The bus schedule is posted on the district website and can be accessed HERE.

I hope you enjoy the remaining days of August! I look forward to our year together as we continue our work towards providing a world class education for all of our students.

Becky Foley
Superintendent of RSU 5 Schools

Change in School Start and End Times

See below for the new start and end times for schools:

Freeport Middle School - 7:40am - 2:20pm
Freeport High School - 7:50am - 2:30pm
Mast Landing School - 8:45am - 3:25pm
Morse Street School - 8:35am - 3:15pm
Pownal Elementary School - 8:35am - 3:15pm
Durham Community School - 8:35am - 3:15pm

Email Notices

RSU5 recently transitioned to a new parent email communication system.

Superintendent's Community Newsletter

Please click HERE to read the June 19, 2018 edition of the Superintendent's Community Newsletter.

Satisfaction Survey - Executive Summary

Back in February, many of you filled out the Satisfaction Survey in order to give input how you feel our schools are performing. An executive summary has been created and shared with the Board. You can see these results at the following link Executive Summary of Satisfaction Survey. Thanks to those who took the time to fill this out. The results will be used by schools and their leadership teams to reflect on how to continuously improve our schools and learning for our students of RSU5. The raw data for the district and individual schools is available at the following links:
District Data, Morse Street School, Pownal Elementary School, Mast Landing School, Durham Community School, Freeport Middle School, Freeport High School


FY19 School Budget Passed

June 12, 2018 Election Results

FY'19 Budget Passed  
Yes Votes: 2711
No Votes: 1016

Breakdown by Town
Durham: Yes: 553   No: 346
Freeport: Yes: 1837   No: 470
Pownal: Yes: 321  No: 200

June 12th Budget Validation Referendum


The final step in the budget process is the Budget Validation Referendum (BVR) which will be held on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 in each town.  Please be sure to go to the polls in your town to vote!

April 11, 2018 Board Workshop on Proficiency

Dear Parents,

Happy Spring! As you know, our ninth-grade students are expected to be the first class to graduate with proficiency-based diplomas. The State continues to work on the proposed amendment to the statute. I just found out late yesterday that the Governor may be submitting a bill to replace the current statute. As far as I know, the content of that bill has not been released to the public in order to compare it to the current statute. When the Education Committee met yesterday, they tabled their discussion on proficiency-based education until their next meeting.

We are currently compiling feedback from parents, students, and staff about how the new grading system is going at the high school. At the April 11th Board workshop at Pownal Elementary School, we will share the results with the Board, give a brief overview of implementation of PBE in RSU5, and make recommendations for going forward.

Last Day of School - One Hour Extension to School Day April 2-6, 2018

Dear Parents,

On March 21, 2018 the School Board voted to make up our most recent snow day by adding an hour to the school day during the week of April 2-6. Maine requires 175 school days, but they do allow schools to add five hours to existing school days and count it as one full school day.  This means the last day of school will be Friday, June 22nd, barring any other snow days, instead of Monday, June 25th.  Each school will extend their school day for one hour during this week, so your child will be arriving home one hour later.  After school activities will be adjusted during that week.  If your child cannot stay an additional hour it will be considered an excused absence.

If you have any specific questions about your child's schedule, please contact the school.

Thank you,

Dr. Becky J. Foley
Superintendent of Schools

March 14, 2018 School Board Meeting Will Be Held As Planned

The March 14, 2018 School Board Meeting will be held as planned. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Freeport High School Library.

No School - Wednesday, March 14, 2018

No School - Wednesday, March 14, 2018

School Cancellation - Tuesday

Due to the impending storm, all schools will be closed on Tuesday, March 13, 2018.

FY19 Budget - Public Participation

Dear Parents and Community Members,

The RSU5 School Board will be voting on the 2018-2019 Superintendent’s Recommended Budget at the Board Meeting on March 28th. At the March 21st Board meeting, I will give a brief overview of the proposed budget before deliberations begin with the Board of Directors. We have received some updated projected revenues and expenditures that we will be sharing. At this meeting, there will be two opportunities to have your voice heard. Prior to the start of the Board meeting, from 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., you will have an opportunity to meet informally with members of the Board to ask questions. The second opportunity will be during the Board meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m.  After a brief review of the budget we will be taking public input and questions. The meeting will be held at the Freeport High School Library. 

Cancellations Due to Impending Storm

March 7, 2018 Board of Directors Meeting Cancelled Due to Impending Storm

Schools are Closed on Thursday, March 8, 2018

Early Dismissal Wednesday, February 7

Due to anticipated inclement weather for Wednesday, students will be released early.  In addition, the RSU5 Board of Directors meeting has been cancelled.

Pownal Elementary, Durham Community School and Morse Street will all be dismissed at Noon. 
Mast Landing will be dismissed at 12:05pm.  FMS will be dismissed at 10:55am and FHS will be dismissed at 11:05am.

Informational Meetings with the Superintendent

You are invited to an informal Q & A with RSU5 Superintendent Becky Foley and Assistant Superintendent Cynthia Alexander. There will be three meetings this year and our hope is that you will be able to attend at least one. These are the scheduled times:

Dessert with the Superintendent
Thursday, March 22nd at Pownal Elementary School Library from 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Tea with the Superintendent
Tuesday, February 27th at Freeport High School Library from 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Mug & Muffins with the Superintendent
Wednesday, January 31st at Durham Community School from 9:00-10:00 a.m.

School Closure
Superintendent's Community Newsletter

Click HERE to read the December 5, 2017 edition of the Superintendent's Community Newsletter.

Regional Substitute Job Fair
Committee Members Needed - RSU5 Strategic Planning Advisory Committee

Dear Staff, Parents, Students and Community Members:

At their meeting on September 27, 2017, the RSU5 Board of Directors approved establishing a Strategic Planning Advisory Committee (SPAC) to oversee a process to create an updated RSU5 Strategic Plan.  Click HERE to read the full description of the Strategic Planning Advisory Committee.

The SPAC will be comprised of stakeholders representing staff, students and the community.  The committee will be comprised of representatives from the three towns and the following stakeholder groups. 

RSU5 Surplus Items Public Sale


Thursday, August 17, 2017
8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Miscellaneous furniture items including but not limited to desks, chairs, shelving, tables, filing cabinets, as well as various other educational items.


Location:  Freeport High School Cafeteria

30 Holbrook Street, Freeport

***Budget Validation Referendum - June 13th***

Voters from Durham, Freeport and Pownal

Please Vote!!! June 13th

RSU5 Budget Validation Referendum

In each town
Durham Community School
Freeport High School
Pownal Mallet Hall

For more information visit


Absentee Ballots are Available in each Town Hall until June 8th

Annual Budget Meeting - May 24, 2017

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The next step in the budget process is the Annual Budget Meeting. The meeting is scheduled for May 24th at Freeport High School at 6:30 pm. The purpose of the meeting is to prepare a citizen-supported school budget to send to a referendum vote on June 13th.  Budget documents can be found on the RSU website www.rsu5.org/budget1718.  The School Board encourages our citizens’ involvement in this process.

RSU5 Unity and Pride Survey - Summary and Results
FY18 Board of Directors' Adopted Budget Q&A Sessions

You’re Invited!
Q&A with Board Members on FY18 Budget

Members of the RSU5 Board of Directors will be available prior to their Regular Agenda from 6:00-6:30pm on April 12th at Pownal Elementary School, April 26th at Durham Community School and May 10th at Freeport High School, to meet informally with members of the public regarding the proposed 2017-2018 RSU budget.  Board members are eager to hear from citizens and look forward to your participation.

April 12, 2017 - Pownal Elementary School
April 26, 2017 - Durham Community School
May 10, 2017 - Freeport High School


Job Fair!

Regional Substitue Job Fair!

Saturday, March 11th from 9am to 11 am at Harriet Beecher Stowe Elementary School, 44 McKeen St. Brunswick, Maine.

Notice to General Contractors - Request for Qualifications

RSU No. 5 – Freeport High School
Track & Field

In conformance with Title 5 M.R.S.A., sections 1747 and 1748, RSU No. 5 will qualify Contractors to bid on the Freeport High School Track & Field.  Interested Contractors are required to complete a Pre-Bid Questionnaire in order to be considered as qualified to receive the construction documents and participate in the bidding process.


Results of the Track and Field Referendum

The results of the January 10, 2017 Track and Field Referendum are as follows:

Question 1: Passed
TOTAL 1654 Yes 1308 No

Individual Town Results:
Durham 219 Yes 440 No
Freeport 1319 Yes 677 No
Pownal 116 Yes 191 No

Question 2: Passed
TOTAL 1602 Yes 1313 No
Durham 205 Yes 443 No
Freeport 1282 Yes 682 No
Pownal 115 Yes 188 No


The RSU5 Board of Directors Need Your Input!

With the ongoing current physical renovations taking place at Freeport High School, the RSU5 Board believes this is an opportune time to explore the possible renaming of the high school.  Members of the Board of Director's Strategic Communications Sub-Committee will hold an informal question and answer session on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 from 6:00-6:30 p.m. at Pownal Elementary School. 

Becky Foley
Superintendent of Schools

December 7, 2016 Public Hearing on Track and Field Referendum Vote

There will be a Public Hearing on the Referendum Vote to construct a synthetic track and field at Freeport High School on Wednesday, December 7, 2016  at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at Freeport High School.  If you have questions, or just want to find out additional information, please attend this important meeting.

Thank you,
Becky Foley
Superintendent of School

Jen Gulko Named New Freeport High School Principal

RSU5 is pleased and excited to announce that Jen Gulko has been selected as the new Principal of Freeport High School.  An interview committee made up of parents, administrators, teachers, support staff and Board members unanimously recommended Jen as the top candidate.

May 18, 2018 - Grand Opening of the Joan Benoit Samuelson Track and Field

Please join us for the grand opening celebration of our new facility on Friday, May 18 at 2:45 p.m. 

Information on Referendum Vote to Construct a Synthetic Track and Field

The public hearing on the Referendum Vote to Construct a Synthetic Track and Field at Freeport High School was held on December 7, 2016.  Links to the handouts, drawings and video from the hearing are below. 


  • January 10, 2017
  • Absentee ballots will be available on/about December 12th, 2016
  • Durham: Durham Community School, 654 Hallowell Road,  8am to 8pm
  • Freeport: Freeport Town Council Chambers, 30 Main Street, 7am to 8pm
  • Pownal: Mallett Hall, 429 Hallowell Road, 8am to 8pm
RSU5 Unity and Pride Survey - RSU5 Board of Directors Need Your Input!

The purpose of the Unity and Pride Project of the RSU5 Board of Director’s Strategic Communications Committee is to create pride, unity, engagement, excitement and a sense of belonging in our school district. With the ongoing current physical renovations taking place at Freeport High School, the RSU5 Board believes this is the opportune time to explore the possible renaming of Freeport High School.

To obtain input from all stakeholders, the RSU5 Board’s Strategic Communications Committee has created a Unity and Pride Survey. Parents, community members, students, and staff will all be given the opportunity to weigh in and provide feedback on the renaming.  Additionally, the Board is seeking input about the following:

  • Celebration of RSU5’s achievements;
  • RSU5 distinguishing itself from other area districts; and  
  • RSU5’s investment in future programming.

Please take the time to complete the survey so your voice will be heard. The Board will examine the results and make a final determination on whether to change the name or have it remain Freeport High School. To access the survey, click HERE.  The survey will be open to all stakeholders from November 10th through November 25th.

Thank you,
Becky Foley
Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Becky Foley Named Superintendent of RSU5

The Board of Directors of Regional School Unit No. 5 (Durham, Freeport, and Pownal) is pleased to announce its unanimous decision to elect Dr. Becky J. Foley to become the next Superintendent of Schools.

Annual Budget Meeting - Wednesday, May 23rd - 6:30pm at Durham Community School

The next step in the FY19 budget process is the Annual Budget Meeting. 

Dine and Discuss on the Budget with Board Members

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 6:00-6:30 p.m. at Freeport High School

Tours of Freeport High School New Addition

Dear RSU5 Families and Community Members,

We are excited to share the news that the new addition at Freeport High School is opening to students on Tuesday January 3rd!  We are ecstatic to be able to move into and enjoy our new space.

We would also like to invite RSU5 families and community members to tour the new addition and chat with Superintendent Dr. Foley, FHS Principal Jen Gulko and FHS Assistant Principal Charlie Mellon on Wednesday, January 4th from 5:30-6:30pm.  Visitors should enter through our new entrance into our new cafeteria by the soccer fields (just off of Snow Rd).  We look forward to sharing the new building with you that evening.

Superintendent's Message

Dear Parents, Students, and Community Members,

It is with great excitement and anticipation that I welcome you to the 2016-2017 school year!  It is an honor to be serving as your superintendent and I look forward to working with all of you in our mutual pursuit of providing a quality education for our students.

RSU5 School Board Sets Strategic Goals for 2015-2016

Click here to read the goals

Strategic Plan Survey and Forums

      RSU 5 is developing a new strategic plan to guide education in the district for years to come, and the RSU wants the people of Durham, Freeport and Pownal to weigh in.
      A committee is working to draft a new mission statement, vision and strategic plan for the RSU and have developed a short, eight-question survey to learn more about how their friends and neighbors of all ages and backgrounds feel about our local schools, as well as how they want education to look in the district in the future.

Take the Survey!

Please complete by June 15th


Unity and Pride Survey Results

Unity and Pride Survey Results - Section A:  Renaming Freeport High School

At their meeting of December 14, 2016 the RSU5 Board of Directors voted not to change the name of Freeport High School.  

Unity and Pride Survey Results - Sections B. - E.

Superintendent's Community Newsletter

To read the April 26, 2018 Edition of Superintendent Foley's Community Newsletter please click the following link:  April 26, 2018 Newsletter

Joan Benoit-Samuelson Track and Field - Mural

Click here for information on how you can help paint the new mural

Presentation from the April 11, 2018 Workshop on Proficiency

On April 11, 2018 the School Board held a Workshop on Proficiency.  To view the presentation click on the link below.

Presentation for the Proficiency Workshop

To watch the video from the April 11, 2018 meeting click on the following link Video

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