MEXICO — Vocational Region 9 board members Wednesday upheld their decision to ban hats from being worn in the school, no matter by whom or when.
Discussion of the issue came about Wednesday night because the automotive class had requested the board reconsider the dress code policy.
Lynn Arizzi, a SAD 44 representative to the Region 9 School of Applied Technology board, brought up the matter at the August meeting. On Wednesday, she reinforced her proposal.
“I find it most offensive when they wear them in an assembly or during awards night. They need to learn when to respect the situation,” she said.
Students and staff who work off campus, such as those in the forestry or building trades programs, are allowed to wear their caps.
Director Brenda Gammon said two of the three sending high schools also have a cap-wearing ban, Telstar in Bethel and Mountain Valley in Rumford.
Dirigo High School does not.
In other matters, student services coordinator Cheryl Ellis said enrollment stands at 180, plus another anticipated 30 truck driving students, as the school year began.
For the first time, she said students are about evenly divided among the three high schools.
Because the vocational school now provides classes for the English requirement, and with the high number of students enrolled in those classes, the board authorized hiring a third part-time English teacher.
Currently, two part-time English teachers carry a student load of 180. The most recently hired is Keveney McCrillis, a graduate of Mountain Valley High School.
Also on Wednesday, the board dealt with a couple of building maintenance and repair matters.
The board unanimously approved spending $11,680 to install a stormwater drainage system. The action was taken because of frequent clogs in the current system. Each time it must be cleared, the cost is more than $900, board Chairman Norman Clanton said.
The project is expected to begin within a few days by C.H. Stevenson of Wayne. The company had completed much of the school's construction project last year.
Clanton said the school's flooring problems were likely caused by water backed up from a clogged storm drain.
The board also approved a contract with Specialty Services Inc. of Greene for maintenance of the heating system and roofing air flow units.