Julie Nickerson, principal of Freeport’s Morse Street School, right, discusses surveys distributed in the community to gather public input into Regional School Unit 5’s development of a new strategic plan for the district while Superintendent Becky Foley, left, and RSU school board member Lindsay Sterling listen. Nickerson, Foley and Sterling are three members of a committee tasked with developing the strategic plan, which the district hopes to use to guide education in Durham, Freeport and Pownal for the next 5-7 years. (Photo courtesy of RSU 5)

FREEPORT — Regional School Unit 5 is inviting the public to a forum on Oct. 2 for the release of results from a community survey intended to help form a new vision and strategic plan for the district.

The forum will take place 6:30 p.m. at Freeport High School.

The surveys were distributed online and on paper to community members of all ages during the spring. The surveys asked community members a range of questions about what they feel the district’s strengths and weaknesses are, as well as priorities for the RSU moving forward.

The district received more than 1,200 completed surveys from parents, students, teachers, administrators and other residents of Durham, Freeport and Pownal.

A 10-person RSU 5 strategic planning committee is working to develop a new vision and strategic plan to guide the district for the next 5-7 years, and the public input gathered through the community surveys, as well as a series of forums, will be used to create them.

At the forum, committee representatives will share the results of the surveys and seek additional input from the public, who will be asked to help find common themes and priorities among the survey responses.

The last strategic plan for the district was completed in 2010.

The 10-person committee includes RSU 5 Superintendent Becky Foley, RSU 5 school board members Lindsay Sterling and Valy Steverlynck, community members from all three towns, as well as additional representatives from the student body, faculty, building administration and central office.

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