A message from the RSU 63 Board of Directors

DATE:  APRIL 14, 2022

With spring upon us and the end of the 2021/2022 school year fast approaching, we wanted to take a minute to reflect over the last two years and look to the future.  In March 2020, we all remember when we got the message saying our schools were closing but didn’t really know what that meant.  Weeks turned into months and our students never returned to school that school year.  Parents and teachers did their best to keep kids engaged and learning but no one was prepared for how difficult the next two years would be.  No one.

Fast forward to today.  We are the closest we have been to what school looked like in March 2020, and we have the opportunity to put the past behind us and move forward - united - with a keen focus on what our students and district needs.  We all want the same thing, our children to receive the highest quality education they can while being supported emotionally.  We want our educators and district staff to love working for our district and to feel supported.  We, as the RSU 63 school board, are committed to moving this district forward and want to acknowledge how difficult the last two years have been and say thank you.

Thank you to our students who persevered through what likely will be the most challenging two years in their academic lives.  Their resiliency is incredible. 

Thank you to the parents who became teachers while juggling work, school, and a multitude of other commitments.  Thank you for supporting your children and showing up at school board meetings to make your voices heard. 

Thank you to our teachers for being flexible, nimble, and putting your students’ needs ahead of your own.  We owe you a great deal of gratitude and we hope you know how appreciated you are.

Thank you for our district staff: our bus drivers, ed techs, secretaries, cooks, custodians, and many others.  Without all of you supporting our schools’ operations, we never would have made it through the last two years.  Thank you too for your constant flexibility.

Thank you to our school administrators and superintendent for leading our district through these challenging times.

As our focus shifts forward, we want to update you on changes coming to our district and some exciting initiatives.  As many of you are aware, Superintendent Susan Smith, has resigned effective June 2nd.  We thank Susan for her dedication to the district and wish her well in her future endeavors.  The school board has engaged the Maine School Management Association and is actively working to hire an interim superintendent.  The school board will also begin a search for a permanent superintendent and anticipates seeking input from parents, teachers, and district staff during this process.  In addition, Ashley Allen, principal for Holbrook Middle School, will not be returning next year and a search will begin for a new principal.  We apologize to those families that first heard about this in the Bangor Daily News as we always strive for our families and community to hear directly from us on important updates such as these.  We thank Ms. Allen for her dedication and wish her the very best. 

As our district comes out of the pandemic and assesses the resources needed for our students, educators, and district staff, the RSU 63 school board is excited to be embarking on a strategic planning initiative to strengthen our district and set clear goals that we can work towards.  We believe this planning is critical and encourage anyone interested in joining this project to please reach out to Shelley Wyman at swyman@rsu63.org if you are interested in joining the Strategic Planning Committee. 

In addition, we encourage you to join us at a school board meeting or to reach out to us if you have an idea, concern, feedback, etc. that you think the school board should be aware of.  As the saying goes, it takes a village…. 

Thank you for your commitment to our students and district.