Board briefed on school thefts


RUMFORD – SAD 43 directors got a 20-minute, closed-door briefing Monday updating them on the progress of an investigation into the theft of cash and checks at the middle school.

The briefing by the district superintendent followed the public portion of the meeting. Directors were told that a suspect in the case is an employee of the district.

The money was discovered to be missing last fall.

Mexico Police Chief Jim Theriault said Monday that the Oxford County grand jury is expected to take up the case later this week.

The suspect’s name hasn’t been revealed by school district administration or by police.

In other matters at Monday’s board meeting, directors learned that Mountain Valley High School Principal Matt Gilbert surprised junior class students Saturday morning by serving a pancake breakfast prior to administration of the SAT tests.

“This was our first time for the test and it was a successful day,” he told the SAD 43 board Monday night.

He said 127 of the class’s 147 students took the test.

The state mandates that 95 percent of a class take the test, which for the first time was required of all juniors this year. SATs replaced the Maine Educational Assessment tests for this age group.

Gilbert said eight students notified the school in advance that they weren’t able to attend Saturday’s testing and are registered to take it on May 6. Six others took the test on Tuesday.

Only six, he said, were “missing in action.”

When the make-up tests are completed, he said the school will meet the 95 percent requirement.

“Students were taking the test seriously, according to the teachers who administered the tests,” he said.

In other matters, the resignations of Mountain Valley Middle School sixth-grade teachers Kate Flewelling and Tanya McLean, and Meroby Elementary School second-grade teacher JoDell Warren were accepted.