Hello parents and guardians. Our Superintendent, Chris Elkington has shared this message below, along with a link to the newly updated Union 76 website, and the two files attached to this page.
We recognize the importance of accountability in the work that we do with our students. As part of that responsibility we are required to share with you specific information about each school within each district as part of our obligations under the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB).
In January, the Maine Department of Education released the 2016-2017 “NCLB Report Cards” for each district’s schools. These documents are now available at each school, the District Office, and on the district’s website at this link: www.sites.google.com/site/union76superintendentsoffice/. These documents include state assessment results for each school, including the percentage of students who met standards, attendance rates, and graduation rates for Deer Isle-Stonington High School. Finally, information on the professional qualifications of teachers in each school is part of the report.
In regards to student academic data you will see that some data is not reported under each school. It is not that this data was not collected, but because of the size of the group of students tested (referred to as cohort size), confidentiality of individual students could be broken if it were reported as a group and so only individual student data is reported to those families.
If you have questions about any of this information, please contact the building principal or me. We would be happy to assist you.
Very truly yours,
Christian M. Elkington Superintendent of Schools
Over the last two weeks the "proposed" Union Budget has been discussed and reviewed by many. It has become clear that the original reasons for this position being proposed no longer matter and are outweighed by the concerns being shared by many. It is also clear that the animosity being created is taking away from the good work now being completed in our schools by our students and staff and will if it continues interfere with their good work in the future. This is not acceptable to our school boards and your Superintendent and is not the role of the Superintendent's Office in Union 76. The proposed Business Manager position and the animosity and bad will it has created is not supporting our most important resources -- our students and staff. The Business Manager position has now been taken out of the proposed 17-18 Union 76 Budget. Please see the attached budget for details. Discussions about taking this position out of the proposed U76, 17-18 Budget started this pastand culminated in discussions over the weekend.
With the elimination of the Business Manager position the new U76 Budget, to be reviewed by the Union 76 Board will have an overall increase of 1.95%, as compared to the original proposal of 11.6%.
Each year, per the Union Budget Guidelines, we base the formula for the following year, % of funds raised by each district, using the counts in the following three areas: Total Staff, Student Population and Special Ed. Population. For the present 16-17 school year the percentages for our three districts are as follows:
Brooklin - 16.23%
CSD 13 - 61.82%
Sedgwick - 21.95%.
For 17-18 the new percentages are as follows:
Brooklin - 15.50%
CSD 13 - 60.97%
Sedgwick - 23.52%.
When comparing the 16-17 Budget to the newly revised and proposed 17-18 Budget (without the Business Manager), it will mean the following changes for our three districts:
- Brooklin, an overall reduction of $2,200.00
- CSD 13, an overall increase of $1,900.00
- Sedgwick, an overall increase of $11,300.00
(Sedgwick's increase in the formula for 17-18 is the reason their line is going up).
As Superintendent of Schools it is my responsibility to keep the clarity of message positive, clear and focused on and with our students, staff and schools. This did not occur in this instance and I apologize and take responsibility for that.
We will be making a final decision by today (12/12/16), on whether or not the Union Meeting, because of the weather, will be held at the Sedgwick School.
Christian M. Elkington
Superintendent Union 76
Impetigo is a skin infection of blister-like lesions that become yellow crusted irregular sores. They can occur anywhere on the body and they itch. The cause is Streptococcus ("strep") or staphylococcus ("staph"). Communicability: From direct contact with the draining lesions. It is important to note that the strep and staph may not only be present at the sores, but also in the throat, nose or elsewhere on the skin. Treatment: Impetigo caused by staph: For superficial skin lesions, bacitracin ointment and hot soaks may be the only treatment needed. Drainage of abscesses is usually necessary. Impetigo caused by strep: Local antibacterial preparations, such as bacitracin ointment, may be useful to limit person-to-person spread of streptococcal impetigo. With multiple spreading lesions or impetigo in multiple family members, day care groups, or athletic teams, impetigo should be treated systemically with antibiotics, as for streptococcal pharyngitis. Control Measures: Exclude from school until adequately treated, and lesions are no longer draining.
The Art Department would like to say thank you to Tammie Anderson, from the Union River Framing in Ellsworth for donating frames, Plexiglass and matt board.
“To spread love and kindness, the Brooklin School community will donate care packages to local homeless shelters. We will be accepting donations of new items: clothing for all ages, winter gear, and personal care items. Students will be collecting items from now until the winter concert on .”
Thanksgiving lunch news. The PTF is doing Thanksgiving Lunch this year on 11/17. Please sign up with Louanne if you will be having lunch with us BEFORE 11/15 so we can order enough food. The cost of an adult lunch is $5.85. Please pay Louanne in the office as you arrive.