RSU #4 Future Search

What would RSU #4 schools look like if we developed a PreK-12 system that is responsive to the current and future needs of our children?

RSU No. 4 is made up of the Towns of Litchfield, Sabattus, and Wales

Future Search held on January 8 and 9, 2010 at the Sabattus Central School

Why a Future Search?

RSU # 4 came into existence on July1, 2009. Prior to that the three towns of Litchfield, Sabattus and Wales comprised Union #44.  Each of the towns operated K-8 schools and sent their high school students to Oak Hill High School in Wales.  Each of the three towns had a School Board.  Oak Hill had a School Board, and the School Union had a School Board.  The new Regional School Unit (RSU) structure provided that all of the schools in the three towns would be governed by a single school board.  This new system of administering schools meant that is would be necessary to identify the differences and to decide what areas needed to be addressed.
    The RSU No. 4 Administrative Team discussed how this could be accomplished and agreed that a process that looked at the history of the schools in the RSU, what presently exists in the schools in the RSU, and what we hoped our schools would or should look like in the future would be best. This is exactly what the Future Search does.
    The Future Search process provided RSU No. 4 with the vehicle to set a new direction. To ensure that we are united in purpose, and, even more importantly, that we understand what the educational future holds for our most precious commodity, our children, we brought a group of stakeholders together to see input and to build consensus around a strategic plan of action for our school unit. Revelant stakeholders included parents, administrators, teachers, students, municipal, business, nonprofit, and religious leaders.

Conference Preparation

    A steering committee was formed in October of 2009 to begin work on the future search event. The dates of the Future Search had been set at the Administrative Team retreat on August 14, 2009.  Therefore, the steering committees task ranged from establishing times, locations, and future search stakeholders to establishing dates, and food for the meetings.  The steering committee formed to facilitate the future search event was comprised of central office personnel, building administrators, teachers, other school personnel and Judy Enright, facilitator.  Each member was chose for their knowledge of the community and/or their expertise in planning and logistics.  The steering committee members were:

Jim Hodgkin
Cathy McCue
Curtis Jack
Norma-Jean Stanion
Jim Palmer
Brian Albert
Lorraine Curran
Bob Brooks
Christine Lajoie-Cameron

    Dates of Meetings: October 29, November 24, and December 7, and December 16, 2009.  The most important tasks that this group needed to accomplish was to create the list of participants to invite and to develop our "Essential Question." Our goal was to invite a majority of non-school personnel that represented local interests,  The group identified business leaders, local government representatives, faith leaders, students, parents, community members, schooll personnel, and administration. The planning committee developed the following essential question:

What would RSU #4 schools look like if we developed a PreK-12 system that is responsive to the current and future needs of our children?



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