RSU 10 building tours to begin

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DIXFIELD — The RSU 10 Buildings and Grounds Committee will begin their tours of the 11 or so district buildings Wednesday morning at Dirigo Elementary School in Peru.

Superintendent Craig King said the committee will visit every school and building to look at the condition, quality and capacity of each and report to the school board in April.

“The school board will decide the space allocation, and whether to move kids or close buildings,” he said.

There are no plans for such measures, but administration will use the data to make changes later, if necessary, he said.

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Also at Monday’s board meeting, the three representatives on the Region 9 School of Applied Technology Cooperative Board were reappointed to three-year terms. They are Betty Barrett of Mexico, Kevin Kaulback of Rumford and Don Hutchins III of Canton.

Hartford board member Shawn White was the only dissenting vote. He said he wants Region 9 board members to be elected, rather than appointed.

The board also hired Aroostook County language teacher Gregory Scott Reed as the Spanish teacher for Buckfield Junior-Senior High School. The position has been filled by a long-term substitute for several months.

In other matters:

* The resignation of Jim Aylward, football coach at Mountain Valley High School for 25 years, was accepted. He left Rumford to become the football coach at Mount Blue High School in Farmington.

* Meroby Elementary School received a $50 grant and free books as part of the Read Across America program.

* Board members were invited to a Day at the State House by the Maine School Management Association on March 24 to discuss educational matters of interest or concern with local legislators.

* Business Manager Mary Dailey reported that the district received $3,002 from insurance for bleachers that are missing from Buckfield Junior-Senior High School. She also said the district received a $7,219 reimbursement from the Athletic Trust Fund.

* Gunnar Bradbury was appointed head track coach at Dirigo High School in Dixfield.

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