Ownership of social worker position needs resolution for RSUs

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DIXFIELD — The Regional School Unit 56 board of directors will decide by next week whether to get legal advice for a dispute over the services of a social worker, Chairwoman Barbara Chow said at Tuesday’s meeting.

The two districts are in talks about sharing services once RSU 56 — four towns that withdrew from RSU 10 last year —  begins operating July 1.

RSU 56 voted to allow RSU 10 to purchase two days of the social worker’s services, RSU 56 interim Superintendent Brenda Gammon said, but she and RSU 10 Superintendent Deborah Alden don’t agree on which district owns the service.

In other business, the board heard from Dirigo Wellness Center manager Karen Phair about its exercise program for the community. The center is at Dirigo High School in Dixfield and is owned by the district. Budgeting for the center will be addressed over the next few months.

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Dirigo High School in Dixfield.

Directors of Regional School Unit 56 meet Tuesday evening in Dixfield to discuss the services of a social worker and hear presentations on a wellness center and special education funding.

Dirigo Elementary School Special Education Coordinator Crystal Duguay and Regional School Unit 10 Special Education Director Clarissa Fish explain the proposed 2017-18 special education budget to Regional School Unit 56 directors Tuesday night in Dixfield. RSU 56, which was formed last year from four RSU 10 towns, begins operating July 1.

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