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RSU 10, Dixfield panel sign agreement
DIXFIELD -- The RSU 10 Board of Directors and the Dixfield Withdrawal Committee have both approved an agreement that would stop the move to leave the school district.
The RSU 10 board signed the agreement Monday. The Dixfield Withdrawal Committee signed the agreement last Wednesday. The agreement was negotiated by attorneys Dan Stockford for the committee and Bill Stockmeyer for RSU 10, could serve as a model for any other town.
The agreement will also go before the Board of Selectmen to be formatted for a referendum on the June 11 ballot. The question will ask Dixfield voters for approval to end the withdrawal effort and disband the committee.
Bob Withrow, a selectman and chairman of the Dixfield Withdrawal Committee, said the committee has yet to be billed by its lawyer, so he does not know how much of the $50,000 voters approved for legal and other costs has been used.
The committee was formed last year after RSU 10 Superintendent Tom Ward suggested combining Dirigo High School in Dixfield and Mountain Valley High School in Rumford to to save money.
Since then, the school board has developed a 10-year facilities plan that calls for maintaining those high schools, as well as Buckfield Junior-Senior High School. That could change if state subsidy or student enrollment drops by 25 or more percent, according to the agreement.