Welcome to Regional School Unit 13

July 2, 2020 - Letter from the Superintendent   

Dear Families of Our RSU 13 Community:

I am writing to update you all on our planning process for the reopening of schools in the Fall, and to offer you an opportunity to participate in the planning process by participating in a survey. This is designed to give you a voice in our thoughtful consideration of the reopening of schools, and hopefully give us some insight into your ideas and concerns as we move forward.  Read More

               Ballot Correction - Question 4

The date "July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020" should read "July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021".



RSU #13, serving the Towns of Cushing, Owls Head, South Thomaston, Thomaston & City of Rockland, held a virtual Public Hearing on its 2020-2021 Budget on Thursday June 25th at 6PM.


July 14th:  The Budget Referendum vote will be held during the state and municipal elections on Tuesday, JULY 14

This is a vote on the overall budget, adult education, and CTE Education and Adult Ed.



June 4, 2020 - School Board Meeting

   Watch recorded meeting here: http://vimeo.com/rsu13

            To make comments, please send them to comments@rsu13.org

  Documents for Budget Presentation


May 22, 2020 - Letter from the Superintendent  

Dear Families of Our RSU 13 Community:

This very challenging school year is rapidly drawing to a close, with the last day of Emergency Learning for students being Friday, May 29. You should note that students may keep their devices over the summer and do not need to turn them in, with the exception of members of the senior class. We will be providing opportunities for the safe turn in of devices for the seniors, so please watch for dates, places, and times for this.  Read More

April 10, 2020 - Letter from the Superintendent  


To Our RSU 13 Families:

As of this week, and referenced as a possibility in last week’s letter, we now have a clear picture of how long our buildings will remain closed, which will be through the end of this school year.  If we are given any other options, families will be notified, but this recommendation by Commissioner Pender Makin allows us to make decisions and focus on long-range plans.  We know this recommendation leaves families with many other uncertainties in their lives, but we want to assure you that RSU 13 continues to work tremendously hard to address the needs of our students inclusive of both their well-being and nutrition as well as their education.  While we do not have all of the answers yet, we hope that this letter provides families with some clarity around serving our students.  Read More  

April 3, 2020 - Letter from the Superintendent  

Dear Families of Our RSU 13 Community:

It has been three weeks now since we have closed our school buildings in response to the pandemic and by order of Governor Mills. For our teachers, staff and administrators, however, work has continued with much determination, energy and creativity in the task supporting our students and families.  With very short notice, we mobilized and not only have been providing meals for children on a daily basis, but have designed emergency learning opportunities for students, and maintained connections with them in ever increasingly creative ways. Much credit goes to our staff in rising to meet this very challenging situation, and my thanks go out to you, the parents and care givers, in working with us to help support the children during this difficult time. Read More


 ***Technology SUPPORT HOTLINE (207) 466-8000 or support@rsu13.org***

***Social & Emotional Support and Resources***

***Instructional Plans for Continued Learning***

March 16, 2020 - Letter from the Superintendent  

To Our RSU 13 Families:

We are asking that all families please complete this survey (more details below): 

At this point, we do not have a clear picture of how long our schools will remain closed, and from Commissioner Pender Makin’s message to schools following Governor Mills’ declaration of a civil emergency last night, schools will be closed for “an indefinite period of time.”  It will likely be a period of time up to April 27th.  Read More


March 13, 2020 - Letter from the Superintendent - New Guidance
Dear Staff, Parents and Community Members:

Late yesterday we received new guidance on social distancing at school from the Governor’s office and Maine School Management. After a review of their new guidelines, the following actions will go into effect beginning Monday, March 16, 2020.  Read More

March 12, 2020 - Letter from the Superintendent

Dear Members of the RSU 13 Schools Community:

I am writing to update you with current information on our preparations for any potential outbreak of Corona Virus, or COVID-19. Over the last two weeks, we have been meeting with State and local officials, including Knox County EMA, representatives from the Maine Department of Education and the Maine CDC, as well as our own administrative team, to plan and prepare for a number of different scenarios. Please understand that the situation is changing rapidly, and though at the time of this communication there are no confirmed cases in Maine, all indications are that there will be in the near future. The following are some recommendations and determinations.  Read More






Envisioning the Schools of Our Future 2.0
Community Conversations About Our Future

Dear Participants in RSU 13’s Community Conversations:

We are writing to you to express our sincere appreciation for your recent participation in our series of events, Community Conversations – Envisioning the Schools of Our Future 2.0.  The active interest, energy, and enthusiasm that you brought to these discussions, and the thoughtful insights and recommendations offered, contributed significantly to the features that have now been highlighted in the Summary Report

As promised, this summary report was shared with all who participated, whether by attending one of our on-site events or by offering your input via the RSU 13 website survey option.  This report was also shared with all School Board members and faculty, and will be a valued perspective informing the continuing work of RSU 13 as we continue planning for and designing the schools of our future.

Soliciting and actively valuing community input has been a hallmark of what has contributed to the success of recent development efforts within RSU 13. We thank you for continuing that tradition and be assured that your collective voice matters as we continue to strive to do our very best, for every student, every day. Please also know that we will continue to remain in frequent communication with our community-at-large as this important work continues. Thank You!

With sincere appreciation,

John C. McDonald, RSU 13 Superintendent                                         

Loren Andrews, RSU 13 School Board Chair