The Brunswick School Board on Wednesday night agreed to make Brunswick High School the school of guaranteed acceptance for Regional School Unit 5 students, should Freeport withdraw from RSU 5 on Nov. 4.

Paul Perzanoski, superintendent of the Brunswick School Department, said Thursday morning that the motion to accept the RSU 5 students passed by unanimous vote. By law, the Brunswick Town Council must ratify that vote. The council will not consider the measure until after the Nov. 4 withdrawal vote in Freeport, Perzanoski said.

William Thompson, vice chairman of the Brunswick School Board, said that Brunswick High has “plenty of seats” to accommodate Durham and Pownal students.

The Maine Department of Education stipulates that towns remaining in a school unit following a withdrawal be guaranteed a high school for their students for 10 years.

The “school of guaranteed acceptance” issue has been on a hot topic during negotiations between the Freeport Withdrawal Committee and the RSU 5 Working Group. The Working Group at first insisted that Freeport High be the school of guaranteed acceptance, but the Withdrawal Committee countered by saying that Brunswick would commit to that.


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