RSU 56 in Dixfield hires six employees

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DIXFIELD — The Regional School Unit 56 board hired six employees Tuesday evening and they will begin working when the new district begins operations July 1.

The employees are:

• Brian Keene, director of technology. He is the technology director at Region 9 School of Applied Technology in Mexico.

• Deborah Nokes, director of nutrition. She is a culinary arts instructor at Region 9 School of Applied Technology.

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• Kenny Robbins, director of buildings, grounds and transportation. Robbins serves in that capacity for RSU 10 based in Rumford.

• Jason Long, director of curriculum and grants. Long is assistant principal at Dirigo High and Middle schools, both in Dixfield.

• Tina Collins, director of special education. She serves in that capacity at RSU 73 in Livermore Falls.

• Mary Dailey, business manager. She is business manager for RSU 10.

In other business, Dailey reviewed a draft budget of $15.47 million for 2017-18 with the board. Startup funds for the new district, along with payment to RSU 10 to move its central office from Dirigo High School to Mountain Valley High School in Rumford and a percentage of employees’ summer salaries to be paid to RSU 10, were also included in the budget.

Site improvements at Dirigo High, Middle and Elementary schools are among those considered at the meeting, and a new bus totaling $92,000 was also included on the list for transportation needs of the district.

In other news, Interim Superintendent Brenda Gammon updated the board regarding a social worker position whose district ownership is in dispute.

Gammon said she called legal counsel regarding the service and said she has also spoken with the provider of the service. The position is still “very unclear” at this point, she said.

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Dirigo High School in Dixfield.

Deborah Nokes was hired by Regional School Unit 56 on Tuesday as director of nutrition. Nokes is a culinary arts instructor at Region 9 School of Applied Technology in Mexico.

Jason Long was hired by Regional School Unit 56 on Tuesday as director of curriculum and grants. Long is assistant principal at Dirigo High and Middle schools in Dixfield.

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