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More Andover students could come to RSU 10 in 2014
DIXFIELD -- If Andover residents vote to leave SAD 44 later this year, Andover could send fewer than 60 middle and high school students to RSU 10 for the 2014 school year.
David Percival, citizen at large member of the Andover Withdrawal Committee, told the RSU 10 board on Oct. 15 that "we would like the option to come here for 2014."
He noted that transportation would be bused by the New Andover School Administrative Unit if residents pass the final withdrawal vote.
RSU 10 Supt. Craig King and former Superintendent Tom Ward assured Andover that sufficient space is available to accommodate Andover high school students.
King said the high school students would go to Mountain Valley High School. The middle school students would likely attend the Mountain Valley Middle School, but some could go to the T.W. Kelly Dirigo Middle School.
Percival said most junior and senior students will likely want to complete their high school careers at Telstar Regional High School in Bethel.
King said Andover would pay the current rate of tuition, $9,300, for each student it sends to RSU 10. The tuition includes all extra- and co-curricular activities, but not special accommodations for special needs youngsters.
Some Andover students attend Mountain Valley High School in Rumford under an agreement between the two districts’ superintendents.
Board member Lolisa Windover said, "We'd be happy to have you."
Percival responded, "We'd be happy to pay."
In other business, King reported on the status of the Buckfield Withdrawal Committee. He said the four-member group, on which RSU 10 board Chairman Jerry Wiley sits, has met twice and has planned a third meeting in early November.
King said he supplied the committee with comparative data from several school districts on classes, extracurricular activities and other offerings, as well as financial figures on the amount of investment RSU 10 has made in Buckfield, Sumner and Hartford, which formerly formed SAD 39.