DIXFIELD — Western Foothills Regional School Unit 10 board members accepted the resignations of five more staff members, all of whom are retiring, at their Monday night meeting.
All of them must be replaced.
Submitting resignations were: Dirigo High School English teacher Shirley Austin, Dirigo elementary teacher Maureen Houle, Dirigo school nurse, Martha Watson, Mountain Valley region special education secretary Linda Bourassa and Dirigo/Buckfield region special education secretary Maddy Arsenault.
The board, for the first time in months, devoted most of its time to dealing with routine school district matters rather than budget issues.
They approved an overnight hiking trip to a portion of the Appalachian Trail in Rangeley for 16 Dirigo ninth-graders as the culminating activity of a yearlong study of place-based education as presented by Karolyn Buotte, who is a Dirigo High School English teacher.
The students and four chaperones will leave the school on Friday, June 4, and return on Saturday, June 5. Costs will be picked up by a federal Physical Education Program grant.
Teachers of the gifted and talented program, Doris Bonneau and Susan Cormier, presented an outline of the program which also includes an arts component. And several new policies were approved.
One allows students to participate in extra- or co-curricular activities while failing one course. Four board members disagreed with the failure allowance.
The board also approved contracts for 13 second-year probationary teachers and 16 third-year continuing contract teachers.
The 21-article budget warrant was signed. Voting by residents of the 12-town regional school system was set for 6 p.m. June 3 at Dirigo High School in Dixfield. A public informational session will be held in each of the three regions of the school unit during the week of May 24.
The final act for adopting or rejecting the budget will take place in each of the member towns by referendum on June 8.