Regional School Unit No. 5
August 10, 2015
Greetings from all of us at Central Office! It is with great pride, anticipation and humility that I write this letter to you as the new Superintendent of RSU5. I am proud to be working in such a high performing district and humbled to be working with such dedicated and talented staff. This letter serves as official notice that we will begin the 2015-16 school year on August 26th. The details that follow are intended to provide you information surrounding our opening of school. Please click here to find the August edition of the Superintendent's Update intended to share with you RSU5 news as well as foreshadow my opening day remarks. I do hope this letter finds you having an enjoyable summer with family and friends.
All employees are invited to meet in the Freeport High School Cafeteria on Wednesday, August 26th between 8:00 and 8:30 a.m. for a light breakfast and conversation with colleagues. At 8:30 a.m. we will convene in the Freeport Performing Arts Center for the introduction of new staff, remarks from your new superintendent as well as from the Coastal Education Association. Following the general session, all staff will return to their respective schools or assignments for the remainder of the day. Your building administrator will follow up with more details in a separate communication.
Monday, August 31st, will be the first day for students in Grades K-9; we will break for a four-day Labor Day weekend on September 4th, and reconvene with all students, on Tuesday, September 8th.
Recently, as part of my entry plan, I have had the opportunity to meet with a wide range of stakeholders. In late September through October I will complete the process by meeting with teachers, staff, parents and students. However, I look forward to sharing with you and celebrating some of the wonderful things folks have shared and I have learned about RSU5. I do hope you are able to enjoy the last few days of your summer vacation and return refreshed to meet the challenges ahead. Educating young people is one of the most challenging and rewarding endeavors a person can choose; I look forward to seeing you on August 26th.
Edward R. McDonough
Superintendent of Schools