Inventory of RSU 10 buildings about to begin

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DIXFIELD — A special subcommittee of the RSU 10 board will begin its extensive inventory of all buildings in the district later this week.

The work is expected to be completed by late March. Information gathered may help in the development of the 2014-15 school budget.

The committee, comprised of board members Jerry Wiley and Michelle Casey of Buckfield, Judy Boucher of Byron, Brad Gallant of Rumford, Denise Cross of Roxbury and Peter DeFilipp of Mexico, will gather information on the amount of space available and present its findings to the full board.

The district supports 11 schools and a couple of other buildings. Some have said that fewer buildings may be needed and space may not be used as efficiently as it could be.

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Another special subcommittee charged with reviewing the district’s educational curriculum is also scheduled to meet later this week. That committee will review the consistency of curriculum taught in each of the school’s three regions. Board members serving on the Curriculum Committee are Bruce Ross and Barbara Chow of Dixfield, Michelle Casey of Buckfield, David Lynch of Sumner and Ronnie Hutchinson of Carthage.

In other business, the board approved two class trips for later in the year.

Eighth-graders from Dirigo Middle School in Dixfield will travel to Canobie Lake Amusement Park in Salem, N.H., on May 28 for activities that combine education with fun.

Teacher Ben Bridges said the park offers interactive classrooms, live demonstrations and other activities. The cost for the trip is about $7,000. Students and chaperons will travel by charter bus. Most of the cost will be paid for by fundraisers.

Interested students is grades six, seven and eight at Mountain Valley Middle School in Mexico will visit Mystic Seaport in Connecticut from March 12-14. Most of the funding will come from a grant secured by the Mystic Seaport staff, teacher Dianne Farrington said. About 35 students are expected to take part.

In other business, Superintendent Craig King said the terms of four members of the Region 9 School of Technology board from RSU 10 are due to expire. One member has indicated her wish to continue, the other three have not. He said the district may be required to advertise for potential Region 9 members.

Also on Monday, Gary Holman was appointed Dirigo High School junior varsity baseball coach, Kyle Rines as Buckfield Junior-Senior High School middle school baseball coach, Heather Bowlin as Buckfield Junior-Senior High School middle school softball coach and Leanne Virgin as Mountain Valley High School Class of 2015 adviser.

Lee Farrar has resigned as Mountain Valley Middle School junior varsity wrestling coach and Deanna Bennett has resigned as Meroby Middle School prekindergarten educational technician.

Jennifer Randolph was hired as a special education educational technician at Buckfield Junior-Senior High School.

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