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Vendor deal includes new scoreboards
DIXFIELD -- Two scoreboards in Puiia Gymnasium at Mountain Valley High School, which date back to 1979, will soon be replaced.
That's one of the perks promised in a seven-year deal with Pepsi Co., approved at a recent meeting of the RSU 10 Board of Directors, as recommended by MVHS Asst. Principal and Athletic Director Alan Cayer.
Cayer said the two scoreboards, for basketball as well as wrestling, are valued at a combined $10,000.
Board member Betty Barrett noted, "Seven years is a long time. It's too long. We're being enticed. They're not supposed to advertise a product in our schools."
Cayer said there will not be any Pepsi advertising on the scoreboards. Replaced will be the one machine for students that presently serves energy drinks. The machine will not be used during lunch.
He noted that Pepsi, which carries a lot of different products, is used a lot by the Boosters during games at Hosmer Field. With this agreement, Cayer said Pepsi products will be delivered when they need it. Currently, Booster members have to go and get the product.
Supt. Tom Ward noted after the formation of RSU 10, "They wanted to contract with the entire RSU. I said 'no.'"
However, he said he didn't have a problem with a contract with one school.
Board member Bruce Ross was also concerned about the length of the contract and asked if Cayer checked with other companies.
Cayer noted that he was approached by someone who worked with the company after that person noticed the condition of the gymnasium scoreboards.
In other business, directors approved a three-year contract with the Town of Rumford’s Parks and Recreation Department for the schools' sports teams to use Hosmer Recreation Complex.
The current contract expires on June 30. Under the new agreement, the district will pay an additional $1,500 a year over the present contract. That covers lights and maintenance of the field.
Ward said the contract would have stayed the same had the district took on the responsibility for preparing the fields for games, but he noted that school system does not have a sufficient number of personnel to do this.
The board accepted a revenue anticipation note for up to $4 million to meet payroll during the summer months, as well any unexpected expenses. Accepted from the three bids was the low interest rate of .084 from Androscoggin Bank, which carried the note the previous year.
Ward said that last year, the RSU used $2.1 million of the note.
Directors also approved the following:
* Hiring professional staff during the summer by the superintendent.
* A new policy regulating the use of service animals in the school. A student requiring such assistance is expected to attend an RSU 10 school in the fall.
* A cooperative agreement with the Region 9 School of Applied Technology for MVHS students who attend the vocational school.
The board appointed Dirigo High School teacher Rachel Buck to the position of building-based site coordinator, and appointed interim literacy coach, Mary Buzzard, to the position of full-time literacy coach at Rumford Elementary School.