ROCKLAND, Maine — The Rockland-area school district is asking for public comments on the possible consolidation of its middle schools and high schools.
Regional School Unit 13 administrators posted the survey Tuesday on the front page of the district’s website. The move comes as some Rockland board members are calling for the consolidation of schools for the upcoming school year.
Superintendent John McDonald said the survey would be on the site for awhile but he had no specific time frame. The board is in the midst of developing a budget for the 2015-2016 school year.
The survey also asks questions about what programs the public wants saved and what programs they would like to see added.
The board voted in August 2013 for the consolidation of Rockland District Middle School and Thomaston Grammar School to occur by September 2014. In addition, the board directed that the high school revert to a ninth-through-12th-grade arrangement at Oceanside High School East in Rockland. But in April 2014 the board agreed that it needed more time to gather public input before implementing either of those directives.
The renewed call for the consolidations is happening as the district faces a $3.2 million gap in revenues and projected expenses that would have to be paid for through an increase in property taxes.
The board will continue its budget deliberations at 6 p.m. Thursday at the McLain School. The board hopes to have the budget finalized by April 27.