NEWPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- RSU 19 is facing difficult financial times and the school board would like to take out a $3.6 million loan to help pay the bills for this fiscal year, and the school board is one step closer to getting that loan.
On Saturday at Sebasticook Valley Middle School, voters in RSU 19 decided to put the option of taking out the loan on the November 6th ballot. Before the public voted, they heard a presentation from Superintendent Greg Potter who explained why the district should take out the loan, and how the district got into its financial trouble. Even though the vote passed, there is still some concern amongst the public.
"It looks to me that Mr. Potter and the board has got a lot of work to do, and along with the rest of the public to find out where we can cut additional expenditures so that we can get back into the black," Newport resident Kevin Hall said.
"I need to have a lot more assurance that if they do take out a loan that this is a one time occurrence, and also they're gonna have to show changes, big changes in the way they do business here," Corinna resident Roy Brooks
In an interview with NEWS CENTER on Oct. 11, Potter said the district will not have enough money to pay all of its bills by mid December if it does not get the loan.