2013-11-08 / Community

Warrants signed, public hearings set

First of the public forums on school renovation planned for Monday, Nov. 18
By Alex Acquisto
Staff Writer

KENNEBUNK — Regional School Unit 21 board members signed warrants for the Jan. 21 referendum on the $75 million renovation project on Monday, Nov. 4.

Included with the document’s confirmation referendum date are three dates for public hearings at each of the three schools set to undergo construction.

A public hearing will precede a regular school board meeting at each location. Tours of the each of the three will be available before and after the meetings.

A public hearing at Kennebunk High School will be Monday, Nov. 18; Mildred L. Day School’s public hearing will be Monday, Dec. 2; Consolidated School’s public hearing will be Monday, Dec. 16. All will begin at 7 p.m.

Absentee ballots for the Jan. 21 vote can be procured through each respective town hall by calling the town clerk’s office.

Board member Robert Domine, posing as an uninformed voter, asked on this matter. “Do you have to have a good reason to get one (absentee ballot), or can you just get one?”

“The only time you need a good reason is when it’s within three days of the actual vote,” said Superintendent Andrew Dolloff.

“I see. And can you call and get one?” Domine asked.

“Yes, there’s a number you can call and they’ll actually walk you through the process,” Dolloff said.

“But you don’t have to actually show up to get the ballot? Then why do people think it’s so hard to vote?” Domine asked.

“I don’t know Bob. Because really all you need to do is pick up the phone, call your town clerk and they’ll ask you the questions they need and they will send you a ballot,” said board member Maureen King. “And then all you need to do is vote on it, put a stamp on it and walk it back to your mailbox and that’s it, you’re done.”

King also led a second reading of recent changes to the Student Technology Device and Internet Use policies for students and employees of Regional School Unit 21.

“These changes were made to reflect the change in our devices and we just wanted to make sure we didn’t have people coming back to us and saying, ‘Well, I don’t have a computer so it doesn’t apply to us.”

The changes to the policies simply expand the language beyond just the mentioning of “computers” when referring to technology used by students and staff. The language of the rules is now more general, as the swath of technological devices has expanded beyond computers, to iPads, for example.

“The old policy kept referring only to “computers,” so we just changed the wording to refer to it as “devices,” Dollof said. “There is no substantive change in how the devices are used or how we’re going to monitor them.”

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