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Eleven-day trip to Spain approved
DIXFIELD -- A trip to Spain, Morocco and Gibraltar during April vacation in 2015 was approved by the RSU 10 Board of Directors at the meeting on Sept. 9.
The board unanimously granted permission to Dirigo region teachers Beth Edwards, Sarah Irish, Abigail Wood and Kurt Rowley for the 11-day trip, which is open to any secondary students in the RSU 10 district and will be paid by the individuals who choose to take the trip.
The cost will be $2,970 for students; slightly more for adults. The ratio of adults to students will be six to one.
The initial cutoff will be a trip of 54, which fills one bus. There will then be a waiting list, unless the number increases to fill a second bus.
In other business, the board approved the hiring of Lisa Millwood as an RSU wide four-fifths time school psychologist.
Special Education Director Clarissa Errington told the board that Millwood earned a BS in Cornell and her master's from Indiana State University.
A nationally certified psychologist, Millwood said she worked in the Gray-New Gloucester school system for 12 years.
Errington said Millwood will be work with testing, valuations and consulting with staff. She noted having a psychologist working for the district will be preferable to contracting, although they still be using contracting work "because there's just too many."
Errington noted that they presently have 166 valuations without any referrals.
Supt. Craig King set a special session with local first responders in hopes that it will help develop closer relations with the area’s firefighters, police departments and emergency personnel.
In the meeting with first responders, scheduled for Oct. 22 at 3 p.m., he wants to discuss the current crisis plans in place at the schools and any other safety-related issues, he said.
He also set a second session with the local state legislative delegation, teachers’ union representatives and building administrators, aimed at learning the requirements or laws and other education-related matters that may be coming up in the future.
The legislative informational discussion was set for Oct. 17.
Also in October, at a date yet to be determined, the RSU 10 board will meet with the Region 11 School of Applied Technology board for their annual gathering. RSU 10 board Chairman Jerry Wiley was appointed as the board representative to the Region 11 board.
Most high school students who opt for vocational classes in the Nezinscot Region, which includes Buckfield, attend the Region 11 school. Vocational students from the Dirigo and Mountain Valley regions attend the Region 9 School of Applied Technology in Mexico.
Meanwhile, RSU 10 board and secretaries, Central Office employees, business office employees and other clerical staff, have agreed on a three-year contact.
Supt. King said the approximately 25 employees, who also include those responsible for technology in the district, will receive up to a 2.1 percent salary increase for Jan. 1 to June 30, 2013, and for fiscal years 2013-14 and 2014-15.
Some employees will receive a 1.5 percent pay raise during the final year of the contract, depending on where they are on the salary schedule, negotiator Rick Greene, director of the Pennacook Learning Center, wrote in an email.
King said benefits will remain the same as before.
The workers became part of the RSU 10 employees union, Western Maine Education Association, in January.
All other bargaining units in the 12-town Regional School Unit are now on the same pay scale. They include teachers, educational technicians, custodians and bus drivers, and food service workers.
Appointments included Eric Black as middle school boys' soccer coach at Buckfield Junior Senior High School, and Peter Koch as junior varsity girls' soccer coach at Mountain Valley High School.
Resignations include Patricia Cox as school nutrition worker at Dirigo Elementary School.