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School continues for some seniors
DIXFIELD -- While the majority of RSU 10 seniors earned their high school diplomas in June, several others are still pursuing their degrees.
Members of the Western Foothills Regional School Unit 10 board on July 11 learned that fact in looking over a graduation summary submitted by principals of Mtn. Valley, Dirigo and Buckfield high schools.
At MVHS, out of 126 students, 103 earned all credits required for graduation prior to June 2 and marched with the graduating class. Seven students have completed graduation requirement since June 2, while three are still enrolled in summer school course. Three students are enrolled for a fifth year at MVHS.
On a down note, 10 students were habitually truant, missing more than 70 days during the 2010-11 school year.
At Dirigo, 57 graduated and were awarded diplomas on June 3. Nine did not complete requirements to receive a diplomas, but one has since received a diploma and three others are planning of completing requirements by Sept. 1. Four students are planning on returning the fall, and one of those students could complete requirements by the end of the first semester. One student plans to complete the GED.
At Buckfield, 37 of 43 seniors received a diploma at graduation on June 4. Of the five, one withdrew but then successfully graduated from Turner Adult Ed, two entered the workforce, two left school with plans to enroll in adult ed, and one left school with plans to enter the Job Corps.
In a related matter, one board member suggested there could be an issue with some students realizing too late that they were not going to graduate. However, Supt. Tom Ward strongly disputed that notion.
"These kids know all the way through where they stand. Support is provided; parents are informed," he noted, adding there is assistance through guidance offices, the advisor-advisee program, communication through email, with grades available online.
Ward also commended students for coming back for a fifth year. "Students are much more prepared if they have five years of high school."
In other business, the board voted unanimous to approve a contract for the district’s several dozen educational technicians Monday night that brings the three regions onto the same pay schedule.
The average wage increased average about 2.75 percent, according to Ward.
In response to a request by MVHS Math Department Chairman Lisa Russell, Ward said he and the Principal Matt Gilbert will evaluate the need and possibility of assigning a half-time math teacher to help students who are in danger of falling behind.
Ward said all three high schools now require the successful completion of 24 credit hours beginning with the Class of 2014.
The board and administration are beginning work that will require all high school students to complete the same number of credit hours in each of the major subjects, such as English, mathematics, science and social studies.
They are also working to bring all weighted classes in each of the high schools to carry the same value. Weighted classes include college courses, advanced placement classes, honor classes, and other higher level courses.
Ward said they are also working on a uniform grading process. However, that will be "a long, slow process."
New hired include Heather Nadeau as math/reading teacher at Buckfield Junior Senior High School (BJSHS); Kimberly Peasley as Meorby Elementary School special education teacher; Amelia McQuaid-Hunt as Rumford Elementary School for elementary guidance; Breanna Bellefontaine as BJSHS social studies teacher; and Trudi Cormier as Mtn. Valley Middle School eighth grade math teacher.
"We're very fortunate to have gotten some great candidates," noted Ward.
Appointments included Lynn Gould as MVHS junior varsity girls' soccer coach; and Dan Robinson as TWK Dirigo Middle School varsity boys' soccer coach.
Transfers include Therese Prue from Dirigo Elementary School librarian to DHS librarian; Katie Trenoweth from DES kindergarten teacher to Hartford Sumner Elementary School grade one teacher; Heather Lewis from RES ed tech III to RES grade two teacher; Joseph McLaughlin from TWKDMS art teacher to BJSHS art teacher; Emily Jorgensen from MVMS ed tech III to MVMS Title I math teacher.
Resignations include Charlie Maddaus as MVHS Nordic ski coach, and Jim Aylward as MVHS boys' track coach.