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RSU 10 considering student reps
DIXFIELD -- The Western Foothills Regional School Unit 10 board began discussion on the possibility of appointing one or more high school students to seats on the school board.
At their meeting on Aug. 15, preliminary discussions included one student from each high school who would take turns attending board meetings, to appointing just one student to represent all three high schools.
Duties and restrictions for student reps on the board will need to be considered, with interested students submitting essays on why they would like to serve.
Supt. Tom Ward said student representatives would act as resources, and would not be allowed to vote or attend executive sessions.
Policy Committee Chairman Barbara Chow said a rough draft of a policy on the matter will likely come before the board next month.
In other business, Ward said the PowerSchool computer program will be available to parents of children attending all schools in the region this year. Power School allows parents to check on their child's grades, attendance and other matters.
He said the student handbooks for each of the schools will also be online this year.
The board also approved a 2010-11 contract with the six nutrition employees from the Buckfield region. The goal is to eventually bring the salary and benefits together for nutrition workers in all three regions of the school district.
Ward said the Buckfield agreement calls for paying the employees a total of $6,000 for the past year. New contract negotiations will be getting underway soon.
At the start of the meeting, the board voted to re-elected Jerry Wiley as board chairman for the third year, with Bruce Ross as the vice chairman.