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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. 

Watch the RSU5 School Board of Directors Meeting Live and Online
Tours of Freeport High School Renovations Front

Freeport High School Renovation Completed!

Freeport High School students will be coming back to school and learning in a newly renovated high school. The renovations include state-of-the-art STEM classrooms, a new cafeteria, weight room, art rooms, and many remodeled classrooms. For anyone wanting to see the renovations, we invite you to take a tour on September 12, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. Guided tours and refreshments will be provided. Hope to see you then!


2017/18 Bus Routes
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

 ********Annual Budget Meeting ********

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

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

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.

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.

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