Regional School Unit No. 5
Dear Parents, Students, and Community Members,
It is with great excitement and anticipation that I welcome you to the 2016-2017 school year! It is an honor to be serving as your superintendent and I look forward to working with all of you in our mutual pursuit of providing a quality education for our students.
I would like to thank the RSU5 community for your assistance in the passage of the 2016-2017 school budget. This budget will support our schools and district mission of "providing our students with a world‐class education." This mission is the foundation for all of our work as we work towards continuous improvement of student achievement.
There is a lot of exciting work going on in RSU5. Here is a sampling:
A Summer Institute for Teachers was offered at Durham Community School. Over 50 of our educators participated in this professional development opportunity.
The staff is piloting the new teacher evaluation system, which is based upon the Kim Marshall Model. This model provides frequent feedback to staff in order to assist in continuous professional growth.
Proficiency-based learning continues to be implemented. Our current eighth graders will be the first class in RSU5 to graduate with a proficiency-based diploma. Freeport High School is well on their way to identifying clear standards and learning targets to ensure that each student can demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the identified skills. Proficiency based learning empowers students to develop the critical thinking and skills needed to succeed once they leave Freeport High School.
This summer, multiple renovations have been taking place in many of our schools in order to ensure that we have quality facilities to educate our youth. The high school renovation is on schedule to be completed by September of 2017.
As we move forward with our reform efforts, we value our community partnerships toward helping the students of RSU5 reach their potential. Through our combined efforts, I am confident that we will have a successful year!
Dr. Becky Foley
Superintendent of Schools