SAD 21 readmits expelled student

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DIXFIELD – SAD 21 directors on Monday unanimously voted to readmit a Dirigo High School boy who had been expelled in October.

Superintendent Thomas Ward said the student had been expelled, along with a second student, because the two had brought a pellet gun to school on Oct. 10.

The high school was locked down when an adult ran into the school saying there was a man with a gun on school grounds.

The “man” turned out to be two boys who had left school property, then returned with a pellet gun to show other students.

Ward said one of the boys has met the criteria for readmission.

That included counseling, community service and keeping up with his education while he was out. The boy will begin classes at the beginning of the second semester on Jan. 29.

The second boy has not applied for readmission.

The decision to readmit the first boy was made by the school board following a 20-minute, closed session.

In other matters on Monday, the district accepted the resignation of Jeff Mayo, a 30-plus year teacher who has taught fifth grade at Peru Elementary School.

He resigned for the purpose of retiring at the end of the school year.

Also, the board decided to begin meeting twice a month, starting next month. Board meetings will be held on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Dirigo High School.

Ward said discussions have begun to possibly change the number of credits a student must earn prior to high school graduation.

Students in the Class of 2007 must earn 23 credits, and students in the Class of 2008 must earn 24 credits.

He said the SAD 21 Policy Committee will likely develop a new policy by the end of the school year.

The board also entered into a second closed session to discuss an issue related to property abutting the site of the now-being-constructed elementary school in Peru.

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